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Since the pandemic has people spending more time isolated at home, reports of substance abuse among teens have been on the rise, acccording to Sarah Blanch, who works with local prevention groups and the Los Angeles County Health Department. She says:

"There’s a lot of stress or pressure that teenagers face that pushes them to vape or experiment with alcohol or drugs."

Today kicks off National Prevention Week where healthcare providers shine a spotlight on substance abuse. Blanch says L.A.’s prevention week starts with a Mother’s Day presentation addressing teenage drug use during the pandemic at 3 p.m. today. Virtual events continue through Friday.
  • Monday is dedicated to opiod and prescription drug use.
  • Thursday is going to be about marijuana and tobacco use among youth.
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To RSVP for the Los Angeles events, go to the L.A. County Prevention Providers website at LACPP.org.

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