Pandemic-consumed US relapses in drug addiction – By Agence France-Presse (Raw Story) / Mar 2 2021
Beverly Veres’ two sons are addicted to heroin but can’t get the help they need, with US health services consumed by the coronavirus pandemic at a time when overdoses are surging.
“Drugs have just come into this area, and are taking over,” says Veres at her Pennsylvania home. “(But) they’re not focusing on anything else but Covid,” she adds of the authorities.
Veres, her husband Steve, and their sons Douglas, 24, and Charles, 29, live in a small house in Houtzdale, a town in rural Clearfield County far from the cities of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Coronavirus has officially killed 114 people in this isolated, forested area, where the epidemic is much less visible than in nearby towns.