COVID-19 and Youth Substance Use Prevention: New Advocacy Resource
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vast shortcomings of our nation’s health system, exacerbating pre-existing health disparities across race, class, ability, and other social demographics. States are struggling to adequately respond to all COVID-related needs, raising concerns about the limitations of their budgets. However, COVID-19 is harming the health and well-being of youth and young adults, and we need more mental health and substance use services to support them. We urge young people and their advocates to raise their voices to make sure these needs are not forgotten.