By Sue Bright, New Directions for Women

June 28, 2020

The epidemic of addiction is a critical issue during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the coronavirus is much of what we hear about on the news. In fact, calls to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline — a 24/7 national hotline dedicated to immediate crisis counseling — has seen a dramatic increase over the past few months.

Experts predict an influx of legal cases related to the increase in alcohol and drug consumption in our country. Accessible addiction treatment is more critical than ever, and the legal system can serve as a helpful space for intervention. Many defer to psychological and social rehabilitation avenues for people entering recovery, but the truth is, there are also legal channels.

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(Article appeared first in Law360)