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Lights placed as a memorial to COVID-19 victims surround the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on Jan. 19. Some economists believe deaths tied to alcohol use, drug use and suicides have risen during the pandemic as the isolation felt by many has taken an emotional toll. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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The Coronavirus Crisis

Deaths Of Despair: How The Pandemic May Be Fueling Lethal Drug Overdoses

As drug overdose deaths rise during the pandemic, a former White House economist says social isolation could be partly to blame.

Lights placed as a memorial to COVID-19 victims surround the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on Jan. 19. Some economists believe deaths tied to alcohol use, drug use and suicides have risen during the pandemic as the isolation felt by many has taken an emotional toll. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Alex Brandon/AP

They Lost Sons To Drug Overdoses: How The Pandemic May Be Fueling Deaths Of Despair

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