NY facing uptick in drug, alcohol abuse cases as stay-at-home order remains in effect

New York is facing an increased number of cases of drug and alcohol abuse, and stay-at-home orders are not making it any easier in the battle with addiction.

News 12 Staff

May 5, 2020, 6:45 PM

Updated 1,480 days ago

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New York is facing an increased number of cases of drug and alcohol abuse, and stay-at-home orders are not making it any easier in the battle with addiction.
Alcohol sales increased over 50% within weeks of New York shutting down, according to research from Nielsen.
The state deemed liquor stores essential and also permitted alcohol to go.
For those in recovery, the cross between addiction and isolation is dangerous. The Counseling Center at Yorktown Heights has seen a 20% increase in people seeking treatment since the state shut down and as people cope with stress and isolation.
"Even though we all feel ashamed about what we have done and that kind of thing. Don't. Get help because there is a way out of this. What's making it even harder now for some people...people can't go to AA physically. We're human beings. That's part of what's wrong with the quarantine is we all need connections,” says Jayne Mark, who has been drug-free for the last two years.
Mark is two years clean after using cocaine and pills on and off for decades. She now fears for people like her who can’t access their support communities in person like they used to. Advocates hope more funding is put into telehealth treatments to keep people like Mark on the track to recovery.
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