TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Stimulus checks sent to millions of Americans are supposed to help provide a life line during difficult times in the middle of a pandemic. Some addiction experts say the money may be fueling substance use disorders for some.

“They’ve received $1,400 and now they can go buy their drug of choice,” said Alex Fernandez, the director of addiction services at CODAC.

CODAC is a behavioral health group in Tucson. Fernandez said drug treatment agencies across the country have seen stimulus money funding dangerous addictions.

“What seemed to be a direct, correlation between the stimulus payments that were going out and the overdoses,” she said.

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