Dr. Paul Christo Says That Cases Could Be 30% Higher Than Reported;
Artist & Memoirist, Ruth Poniarski, Warns of Drug Abuse after Her Harrowing Experiences

Online PR News – 10-July-2020 – New York, NY – Fatalities from opioid abuse in America could be hitting alarming new records because of COVID-19 conditions and isolation, according to Dr. Paul Christo, director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a pain management doctor who hosts Aches and Gains, the nationally syndicated SIRIUS XM radio talk show.

Dr. Christo, a guest on the popular Life on Planet Earth. Hope for Our Existential Crisis podcast hosted by John Aidan Byrne, says: “The number of fatalities from opioid-related overdoses could be nearly 30% higher than reported due to missing information or incomplete death records. The worst fear is that because of social isolation, people are not being found or treated immediately.”

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“I think the pandemic has led to an increased risk of overdose and death from opioids, unfortunately,” Dr. Christo tells the host.

Dr. Christo explains that COVID 19 impacted the drug supply chain because of border closings, which in turn made it more difficult to get certain drugs, and also resulted in the potency of overdoses going up. “It also impacts the price, everything goes up, and in that sense, it becomes more deadly each day,” according to Dr. Paul Christo.

Social isolation and mental health – against the backdrop of advanced technological, economic and political change – are among the topics aired on Life on Planet Earth. In a recent episode, the accomplished artist, Ruth Poniarski, opens up about her past mental breakdowns that spiraled into diagnoses of psychosis, schizophrenia, and severe anxiety. She also talked about her new book, Journey of the Self: Memoir of an Artist, published by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Warren Publishing. Poniarski’s unflinchingly honest memoir shares her coming-of-age story through the lenses of mental illness, disability, and steadfast determination.