Interventions

Substance Abuse Education to Combat Effects of COVID-19

Most of our nation has experienced many effects of COVID-19, even if we haven’t personally been sick. We don’t know the extent of how the virus will affect our nation’s public health, but there are a few things that we know so far. Many people have experienced isolation, anxiety, fear, depression, conflict, and abuse. Others have experienced losses: loss of freedom, loss of work, or even a loss of a sense of purpose.

Empty School Hallway

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 13% of the 8th graders, 14% of the 10th graders, and 15% of the 12th graders were absent at least three days a month. Routine unexcused absences (truancies) can be signs of problems at home and/or school. Preventing truancies can help prevent other behaviors like dropping out of school or breaking the law.

August 10, 2020