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Dr. Paul Christo – COVID-19 Contributes to Uptick in Opioid-Related Deaths
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COVID-19 Contributes to Uptick in Opioid-Related Deaths

Baltimore, MD, September 11, 2020 — Social isolation and reduced access to healthcare during the lockdown, among other factors, have led to a rise in opioid-related deaths, experts say. And according to their estimates, it’s only going to get worse. Similarly, Authorities across Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida and New York are also reporting rises in overdoses during the COVID-19 crisis.

On the frontlines working to curb the impact of the opioid crisis is Dr. Paul Christo, an Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

“The number of fatalities from opioid-related overdoses could be nearly 30 percent higher than reported due to missing information or incomplete death records,” he says. “The worst fear is that because of social isolation, and people are not being found or treated immediately.”

The opioid epidemic today progressed in three phases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first involves deaths caused by prescription opioids, the second, an increase in heroin use, and the third, a surge in the use of synthetic opioids or fentanyl. Experts say the U.S. is right in the middle of the third phase of the epidemic, due to the increasing availability of fentanyl and increasing rates of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids.

According to a recent study there were 632,331 drug overdoses between 1999 and 2016. Most of these deaths (78.2 percent) were drug overdoses with known drug classification. Moreover, 21.8 percent were unclassified drug overdoses. A further investigation revealed that for unclassified drug overdoses, 71.8 percent involved opioids, translating to 99,160 additional opioid-related deaths.

There were over 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017, according to an estimate from the CDC. Based on findings from the new study, over half of those deaths — about 47,000 — are suspected of having involved opioids.

Another study on opioid overdoses found that the number of drug overdose deaths decreased by 4 percent from 2017 to 2018. In 2018, more than 67,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Almost 70 percent involved a prescription or illicit opioid of those deaths.

“COVID 19 impacted the drug supply chain by closing borders on some regions, and it led to the higher death rate,” Dr. Christo explained. He added that drugs become more challenging to get, and the potency of overdose goes up. It also impacts the price, everything goes up, and in that sense, it becomes more deadly each day, according to Dr. Christo.

About Dr. Paul Christo

Dr. Paul Christo serves as Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the author of Aches and Gains, A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain. Dr. Paul Christo also hosts an award-winning, nationally syndicated SIRIUS XM radio talk show on overcoming pain called, Aches and Gains®. For more information about Dr. Paul Christo. Please visit www.paulchristomd.com.

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Progressive dream rockers A SHORELINE DREAM release long-awaited ‘Melting’ EP (RIYL Ride, Slowdive, Ulrich Schnauss, Engineers)

A Shoreline Dream
Melting
Latenight Weeknight Records
21 August 2020
Progressive dream rock outfit A Shoreline Dream release long-awaited ‘Melting’ EP

FOR LOVERS OF: Ride, Slowdive, Ulrich Schnauss, God Is An Astronaut, Engineers, Drab Majesty, Spiritualized, Public Service Broadcasting, British Sea Power
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Photos by Ryan Policky

FOR SHARING
Bandcamp https://ashorelinedream.bandcamp.com/album/melting
Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/78biEaCiMfFvuAqXttEIXx
Melting https://youtu.be/JftnR7Pg–g
Seek To Hide https://youtu.be/88IWRBDjjK0

FOR REVIEW & PLAYLISTING
Soundcloud https://promo.theorchard.com/dECdON1mWGr1Qg8Q8tkn
Online press kit https://shamelesspromotion.haulix.com/Public/View/80405
Download via Dropbox https://bit.ly/3fWLLaE

“Delicate curves and beauty… a glorious dawn” – PopMatters

“Begging for you to play it loud” – Surviving The Golden Age

“A wild and beautiful thing” – The Big Takeover

“Goth heaven… one of the leading lights of the neo-shoegaze movement” – DKFM

“Haunting vocals, addictive guitar lines, synth swells to die for & a swirling dark undertone that both scares & soothes all at once” – Primal Music Blog

“The things we like most in stoner rock, dream pop, shoegaze and prog-tinted postrock” – Overblown Magazine

“Shadowy and storming dreaminess.. reminiscent” – Stereo Embers Magazine

Progressive shoegaze postpunk outfit A Shoreline Dream have released their their long-awaited ‘Melting’ LP via Latenight Weeknight Records, hot on the trail of singles ‘Seek To Hide’ and ‘Melting’, and accompanying videos.

A Shoreline Dream is Ryan Policky (vocals, guitar, keys, bass, production) and Erik Jeffries (guitar, backing vocals) with Chase Dobson also playing keys on this album. Hailing from the circus birthing ground known as Barnum, Colorado, their sound combines lush melodic textures, organic instrumentation, and vocals layered like a synth, similar in vein to bands such as Ride, Dead Can Dance and Spiritualized – all mixed with a cavernous production style all their own.

“Our vibe tends to move darker, but lately and surprisingly it has been uptempo, yet still dark. I have always loved that. A sound that is super energetic but downright dreary. I think that is where we are. We’re pumped to get depressed, but also in ideas that were nearly all conceived on their first play-throughs. Emotion translated into tempos. Take the primal element of rhythm and build layers on top of it. Ours just happened to turn out the way they are here, and we were super excited how it came to be. Probably one of my favorite releases we’ve put out there,” says Ryan Policky.

Written over the course of five months, the music on ‘Melting’ not only summons the feeling of being lost-at-sea in a world burning ashore, but also dives into the need for a complete and unwavering change. Their new output features guitar tones ranging from lush layers to driven, post-rock arrangements woven behind Ryan’s ethereal and inspired vocal stylings.

Over the past 14 years, ASD has churned out numerous acclaimed releases under their own imprint (Latenight Weeknight Records), working with legends such as Ulrich Schnauss, east coast independent label mastermind Mark Kramer and, most recently, Engineers. A Shoreline Dream has toured with Ulrich Schnauss and was special guest for Chapterhouse on their final appearance in San Francisco.

This is the band’s first long-play since ‘The Silent Sunrise’ (2014), followed by a string of singles originally intended to make up their next album. However, with the world in social and political upheaval in 2020, Ryan Policky gained creative strength and determination through events around him and abroad, developing music consistent with the times and possibly the most refined and heartfelt work the band has ever produced. Guitarist Erik Jeffries’ powerfully epic and post rock influenced guitar moments add to the emotion in output among the band’s best work to date.

“Our vibe tends to move darker, but lately and surprisingly it has been uptempo, yet still dark. I have always loved that. A sound that is super energetic but downright dreary. I think that is where we are. We’re pumped to get depressed, but also in ideas that were nearly all conceived on their first play-throughs. Emotion translated into tempos. Take the primal element of rhythm and build layers on top of it. Ours just happened to turn out the way they are here, and we were super excited how it came to be. Probably one of my favorite releases we’ve put out there,” says Ryan Policky.

“Working on “Melting” and collaborating during writing and composing process was extremely rewarding. So when we started to put ideas together it seemed like new ideas were jumping out at me. And working with Ryan was fantastic. There was an openness to explore and no ideas or conversations were off limits. It really helped push me to be thoughtful (and critical) about what I was contributing and kept me very committed throughout the entire process,” says Erik Jeffries.

As of August 21, the ‘Melting’ LP is available everywhere digitally, including Spotify. It can also be obtained on CD or digitally directly from the artist via Bandcamp.

THE PLAYERS
Ryan Policky – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Percussion
Erik Jeffries – Guitar & Backing Vocals
Chase Dobson – Keys

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