AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)– It’s being called “the pandemic within the pandemic.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths reached a record 93,000 last year, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s a 30% increase from 2019.

To break down that number: an average of 250+ deaths each day, or roughly 11 overdose deaths every hour. Experts say stress brought on by the pandemic had some turning to drugs for the first time.

Nancy Godin is a registered nurse and the regional coordinator consultant for PAL, Parents of Addicted Loved Ones. She knows first hand the struggles that come with substance abuse- not just for the user but the whole family.

Seeing Tim Hilton’s presentation, “The Addicted Brain,” was a turning point in her life. It gave her the tools she needed to help her son, and ultimately led to a career change.

Hilton will be giving that presentation, and “A Spiritual Awakening,” at a big recovery event in Augusta October 9th.