Twin Health Crises, COVID-19 And Opioids, Await Biden Administration

Then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden waves after speaking at a rally at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport, Monday, Nov. 2 in Cleveland. The Biden administration will have a pair of public health crises to contend with starting in January: the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing opioid crisis. [Andrew Harnik / AP]

At Stella Maris, a nonprofit addiction recovery center on Cleveland’s West Side, the wait list for detox is more than 200 names long.

For those on that list, this moment is “the window of opportunity,” according to Daniel Lettenberger-Klein, Stella Maris’ director.

“Somebody might choose to go out on another run. They might have an overdose death. Literally, it is choosing between life and death, the coming into treatment or not,” he said.