As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, so has the surge in opioid-related deaths. And with all the attention focused on COVID-19, an epidemic that’s plagued the country for years seems to have been forgotten.

News 8 spoke with Dr. Paul Christo, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Christo discussed the spike in opioid deaths, the dangers of nonprescription opioids and how telehealth can serve as a critical tool for those who are struggling with addiction, especially during this time of COVID-19.