Substance Use




COVID-19 and Supporting Substance Use Patients in Recovery

Reduce Social Isolation

  • Social isolation exacerbates the severity of substance use and mental health disorders.

  • Individuals in recovery are more vulnerable to experiencing heightened anxiety and those with mental health issues may be more prone to self- medicate.

Improve Access to Safe Treatment

  • Treatment centers currently lack the infrastructure to provide care.

  • Residential treatment centers and inpatient mental health facilities are providing essential care to vulnerable patients and should also receive access to COVID-19 tests.

Live recorded events

Virtual Panel
Addressing Supports for Substance Use, Violence, and Mental Health Among Families During COVID-19

April 17th, 2020 


COVID-19 and Opioid Risk Mitigation


.Improve access to items needed to reduce harm associated with opioid misuse

  • Syringe exchange programs (SEP) provide necessary services to people who inject drugs.

    • In order to continue providing services, frontline workers and volunteers need gloves, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and mask both for themselves and for clients.

  • Naloxone and Fentanyl provide treatment for and can help to prevent an overdose.

    • ​Most programs had not anticipated mailing costs; thus fundraising can help cover the cost.

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Treatment & Prevention


Substance Use Treatment: Predictors of Success and Accountability

  • Evidence-based behavioral therapies

  • ​Medication-assisted treatment

  • Availability and duration of treatment

    • Contingency management

  • Feedback to patients 


Treatment for Women

  • ​Barriers to treatment for pregnant women and mothers

  • Prenatal substance use screening tools


Treatment, Abstinence and Prevention

  • ​Different types of strategies related to medically assisted treatments, pharmaceuticals, drug courts, and community-based abstinence programs.

    • Primary & Secondary Prevention​​​

  • Comprehensive community prevention efforts take a public health approach and incorporate various prevention strategies before and after the risk or behavior is identified.


Addressing Substance Use Disorders in Rural Communities

  • Telehealth and Mobile-Based Interventions

  • Peer Providers

  • Prescriber Training

  • Prevention

    • Family Intervention​

    • School-Based Prevention Programs

    • School-Based health

  • Transportation


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