For people battling the nation’s opioid problem, the coronavirus pandemic has piled one deadly public-health crisis atop another.

The demand for social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus is complicating efforts to help those dependent on opioids and seeking treatment. Treating addictions and keeping drug users safe often require close contact, from crowded detox centers to walk-up needle exchanges. Some services like drop-in health clinics have been curtailed for safety reasons.

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