The Central East PTTC has created the Substance Use Prevention Resources for Use During a Pandemic guide to help prevention professionals navigate this challenging time.
"The pandemic, and its related social and economic impacts, have the potential to significantly increase many risk factors for substance use, including: anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, and grief. It may also weaken some protective factors against substance use, such as peer social networks and availability of social activities. Prevention professionals need to be prepared to address these factors now and in the future, once the immediate danger from the virus has passed. Fortunately, there are numerous resources available to support prevention work."