Updated: Dec. 31, 2022, 4:29 p.m. | Published: Dec. 30, 2022, 7:00 a.m.

Oregon experienced a nearly three-fold increase in opioid overdose deaths from 2019 to 2021. Preliminary data for 2022 so far is not showing such a dramatic rise.

By Fedor Zarkhin | The Oregonian/OregonLive and David Cansler | The Oregonian/OregonLive

The coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for people in recovery from opioid use nationwide, and Oregon has been no exception.

For months, people struggled with isolation, diminished access to treatment and a nearly overnight evaporation of the support networks critical to maintaining sobriety or starting on the path toward it.

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