As drug overdoses skyrocket, expert offers explanation, solutions

Dr. Brian Kaminski, vice president of quality and patient safety for ProMedica, offers insight into the drug abuse crisis. (Jaden Jefferson)

TOLEDO, Ohio — With drug overdoses overall having skyrocketed during the pandemic, 100,000 fatal in the first year alone, the conversation regarding ways we can better address the issue as a country are being brought to the forefront.

And this morning, I’m chatting with Dr. Brian Kaminski, vice president of quality and patient safety for ProMedica, to discuss this and how you can help someone on the path to an overdose.

Kaminski says the signs of a potential future overdose can be difficult to recognize, but when someone becomes extremely desperate for money, increasingly disengaged, and unwilling to participate in fun activities, there should be reason to be concerned.

To see a detailed breakdown of the stats provided by the CDC from a 12-month period, ending in April 2021, click here.

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