What is it about?

The COVID-19 pandemic led to limited resources for many non-COVID-19 services provided by local health department in the U.S. However, communities continued to need public health services addressing alcohol and drug use. Survey data between 2016 and 2021 describe the availability of these services at health departments during the pandemic.

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Why is it important?

During the pandemic, health departments provided substance use-related services at reduced levels. Limited access to essential services like these can make worse already negative outcomes, especially for groups that have been economically or socially marginalized. To avoid disruptions during future public health emergencies, health departments need funding that can be used for their specific needs.

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This page is a summary of: Disruptions to U.S. local public health’s role in population-based substance use prevention and response during COVID-19, Substance Abuse Treatment Prevention and Policy, November 2022, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1186/s13011-022-00499-7.
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