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By Bridget Ball and Maddie Kroll

Patty Mankowski, a nurse practitioner in the emergency room at the University of Illinois hospital and a paramedic for the Chicago Fire Department, knows first-hand that there has always been a large opioid crisis in the Chicago area.

But she has noticed another disturbing trend — the numbers have spiked since the pandemic began.

“The numbers of overdoses and calls about alcohol abuse are all over the board, it’s not a specific age or demographic. It is everywhere throughout the Chicagoland area,” Mankowski said.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the United States…

Bridget Ball

University of Illinois Chicago-Communications, Criminology, Law & Justice & Linguistics student with AFROTC cross town affiliation at Illinois Institute.

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