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Jennifer Austin, a recovery coach who has struggled with addiction, usually hosts Narcotics Anonymous classes at this Salvation Army center in Ogdensburg, N.Y. They've been canceled because of the pandemic, leaving more people vulnerable to relapse and overdose. "I've had people I've never worked with before reach out to me and say, 'Jen, what do I do?'" Austin said. Brian Mann/NPR hide caption

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U.S. Sees Deadly Drug Overdose Spike During Pandemic

"During the pandemic, basically everything is pointed in the wrong direction," says one federal health official, who calls the convergence of COVID-19 and America's addiction crisis "a nightmare."

A sign advertises hiring of temporary workers at a Pier 1 store that's going out of business in Coral Gables, Fla. Last week, initial unemployment claims broke a 20-week streak of being above 1 million. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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New Jobless Claims Dip Below 1 Million For 1st Time Since March

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New Jobless Claims Dip Below 1 Million For 1st Time Since March

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Why The Novel Coronavirus Has The Power To Launch A Pandemic

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Jennifer Austin, a recovery coach who has struggled with addiction, usually hosts Narcotics Anonymous classes at this Salvation Army center in Ogdensburg, N.Y. They've been canceled because of the pandemic, leaving more people vulnerable to relapse and overdose. "I've had people I've never worked with before reach out to me and say, 'Jen, what do I do?'" Austin said. Brian Mann/NPR hide caption

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U.S. Sees Deadly Drug Overdose Spike During Pandemic

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U.S. Sees Deadly Drug Overdose Spike During Pandemic

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be a presumptive nominee on a presidential ticket by a major party in U.S. history. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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As Harris Launches Candidacy, Conservatives Take Aim At Her Black And Indian Heritage

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