Policy Implications of COVID-19 on Alcohol and Marijuana Use


The Great Lakes PTTC offers this training to prevention practitioners in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI. This training is offered in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Since the onset of COVID-19, many states and communities have dramatically loosened restrictions on alcohol and marijuana use and access, including restrictions on delivery, internet sales, takeout, and outdoor consumption. Justification for these changes includes economic relief for small businesses, COVID safety, and the accepted norm that substance use is a reasonable coping strategy.  The nature of alcohol and marijuana use has also changed since the start of COVID. More people are drinking or using marijuana in isolation or as a means of coping for depression, anxiety, or boredom.  This webinar will offer strategies for monitoring and mitigating the effects of these changes to ensure that they are temporary.



  • Understand what policies have changed during the pandemic
  • Identify the implications of lessened restrictions on risk factors for alcohol and marijuana use
  • List strategies for monitoring and mitigating the potential negative impact of policy change on community norms



Chuck KlevgaardChuck Klevgaard delivers training and technical assistance to support substance misuse prevention throughout the Midwest. He has supported communities and health agencies as they adopt evidence-based alcohol, opioid, and other substance misuse programs or policies. Chuck also serves as a prevention manager to the Great Lakes Prevention Technology Transfer Center.

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