Drugs an Easy Escape, Help Hard to Find

A pandemic lockdown, school closures, and a shocking 90% unemployment rate have made it easy for youths in Harare to see crystal meth as an escape, The Guardian reports.
 
With a cost of $12 a gram, mutoriro—as it is called—has led many to sell their possessions or steal to support the habit. But there are few resources for rehabilitation and mental health support.
 
Across the globe in Boston, some seeking support are lucky that facilities like Casa Esperanza exist. Latinos have been disproportionately hard-hit by the mental health impact of the pandemic, and the rise in opioid overdose deaths in 2020, NBC News reports.
 
The behavioral health facility is one of the few US centers that offer detoxification and mental health services in Spanish. They have a wait list.

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