Substance Use




Providing Support to Parents with Substance Use Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Barriers to Care

  • Policy Recommendations: How to improve access to care and support


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.

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

April 17th, 2020 

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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.


Policy Recommendations for Excessive Alcohol Use Amid COVID-19


  • Excessive alcohol use is the third leading cause of preventable death on the United States and has been made worse by the stress, anxiety, depression, and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Policy Recommendations

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Teen & College Student Alcohol Use During COVID-19


  • Excessive alcohol use costs the US an estimated $249 billion each year.[1] The COVID-19 pandemic has affected young people in ways that may increase their risk for heavy alcohol use. 

For more information and resources on COVID-19 and its impact on children and families, click here.


Treatment & Prevention

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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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Substance Misuse: Prevention and Harm Reduction

  • Evidence-Based Registries and Prevention Programs

    • Primary Prevention​

    • Secondary Prevention

  • Harm Reduction

  • Consideration for Policymakers


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