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According to the latest CDC data, overdose deaths rose to a record 93,000 last year–an increase of 29% over the previous year. Experts credit the increase in large part to the pandemic, which packed a one-two punch of increased stress and insolation and decreased access to treatment and interventions. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the long-lasting impacts of the pandemic on Americans' mental health.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.