Indirect effects of COVID increase as Baton Rouge levels case numbers


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Doctors say COVID -19 can wreck havoc on the body, but indirectly, it can cause another host of problems that can hurt a community.

“This year we’re probably on record to potentially double last years opioid-heroin type overdose deaths,” Hillar Moore, the district attorney says says.

Overdoses are up to 170, and if we continue on this track it’s likely the city will reach 200 deaths. And those aren’t the only record-breaking numbers we’re seeing. Homicides have already surpassed 2019. Moore possible we could beat 2017’s numbers: the worst year on record at 103 murders.

“We have 18 domestic violence homicides compared to two. That’s a big number,” Moore says. “That’s a big increase in homicides. So that’s a big number I think is directly linked to COVID.”

Another indirect health effect is drinking, something Emily George Tilley, the clinical director of O’brien House, sees often.

“They started losing jobs and things so they became depressed and their use became more because they had nothing else to do,” George Tilley says.

The numbers people checking into her recovery center for alcohol is skyrocketing, with more coming in everyday. COVID numbers in the city may be steadier, but it’ll take more work to erase some of its traces.

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