CCIS Spotlight: Substance Use

The COVID Community Impact Survey (CCIS) Substance Use Spotlight highlights the inequitable impact of the pandemic on substance use and the need for accessible behavioral health resources.

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Summary of key findings

  • Two out of five people who reported using substances in the last 30 days reported increased substance usage since the onset of the pandemic. Nearly half of respondents reported alcohol use, and of those, 38% reported increased use during the pandemic. 
  • People using substances were both more likely to report poor mental health, and more likely to report delays in accessing routine mental health care.  
  • Respondents – particularly those using cocaine, heroin or other opioids – reported interest in accessing health services related to counseling, tobacco cessation, peer and recovery support.  

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