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Fewer calls to addiction hotline after liquor store shutdown

April 2020
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Two weeks ago, in an attempt to slow down the coronavirus pandemic, Pennsylvania decided to close all liquor stores. Since then, the state drug and alcohol officials report a lower number of alcohol-related phone calls to 800-662-HELP, the official hotline for alcohol-related issues, as well as a drop in failed alcohol tests. Furthermore, referrals for

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Alcohol and drug relapses rise due to coronavirus pandemic

March 2020
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According to mental health professionals, the self-isolation aspect of the coronavirus pandemic can have a negative effect on people recovering from alcohol or drug addiction and may trigger a relapse. Dayry Hulkow, a behavioural therapist, reminds us of the importance of social support during recovery. Self-isolation can mean an absence of support, which can trigger

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Alcoholics Anonymous hosting digital meetings during COVID-19 pandemic

March 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has put US Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings on temporary hold. However, members are exploring new ways to connect - with virtual meetings well-suited to the occasion. This is a stressful time for many, particularly for those in the grip of addiction. To offer continued support and reach out to those who

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DOT guidelines for drug and alcohol testing during the pandemic

March 2020
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New guidelines from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) are designed to clarify alcohol and drug tests for federally regulated transportation workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these demanding times, guidance can help carriers to see the most relevant points in the existing regulations. One of the most important points is that motor carriers are

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