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Pandemic creates challenges in the fight against substance abuse

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The pandemic has created new challenges in the fight against substance abuse. That has left outreach groups looking for new ways to help those who are struggling. According to the National Office of Drug Control Policy, West Virginia has seen a 56% increase in overdose deaths in the past year.

“A lot of that is tied to the pandemic and economics and job loss and isolation. We were all very isolated for a long period of time,” said Dr. Susan Bissett, President of the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute.



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