Substance Abuse Treatment Considered Life-Sustaining

Written by on April 6, 2020

Substance Abuse Treatment Considered Life Sustaining

By Tyler Pratt

April 6, 2020

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Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine emphasized Saturday — during a virtual press conference — that substance abuse treatment remains important and available during the current COVID-19 crisis. Before the pandemic, according to Dr. Levine, it was the opioid crisis that was the biggest public healthcare challenge in Pennsylvania and the nation. And it remains a top issue. 

“It is critical that Pennsylvanians know that even in these challenging times, help is available,” said Levine.

She stressed that drug and alcohol treatment providers are open and continue to accept patients suffering from substance abuse disorders. And that this can be an especially difficult time for those in recovery.

“Treatment for substance abuse disorder is considered a life-sustaining activity that you need to continue to receive.”

Many who support meetings such as AA and DA continue to meet virtually. And Levine says that if residents must meet in person, they can do so wearing masks and keeping social distancing. The department of drug and alcohol programs has a list of resources at


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