What happens when an ongoing epidemic collides with a pandemic? Some who want to get well falter


Isolation is the enemy.

Jennifer Anderson watched helplessly as her boyfriend spent two days early in April isolating himself in their bedroom in Covington watching endless TV news about how COVID-19 was threatening the globe.

"People who are drug addicts, you're seeing it on the screen, it's gonna get to you," she said. Her boyfriend took off to the streets after that, besieged by that familiar compulsion to use drugs to cope, and although he eventually sought treatment, she lost track of him for days.