SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A recent report shows drug overdoses are on the rise across the country, and the founder of a local nonprofit said the pandemic has impacted the way people with drug addictions can get help.

“It’s taken the real personal connection out of it,” said Brandon Allan, founder and president of Addicted We Stand. “I got clean because I found some type of connection. Kind of like a brotherhood.”

Allan has been in the fight since then. He started his nonprofit shortly after one of his best friends died of a drug overdose. His son is also named after another friend who died of an overdose. And since the start of the pandemic, Allan said he’s seen a growing number of people reaching out for help.

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