Before the pandemic of COVID-19, public attention was focused on the opioid epidemic. Though the focus has shifted, the opioid epidemic remains a problem in the United States and here in New England. 

Now, experts are looking at the impact the shutdown, stay at home orders, and the coronavirus will have on substance abuse disorders and treatment.  

Dr. Ari Kriegsman is the Medical Director of Addiction Consult Services at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Kriegsman spoke with Carolee McGrath about how Mercy is approaching opioid addiction and treatment during the pandemic.