While it’s still too early to determine what impact the current higher unemployment numbers will have on our community, we know through research that, indeed, higher unemployment correlates to increased substance abuse. Therefore, it’s imperative that we, as a community, are aware of, and prepare for what lies ahead. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research and Lancet, a medical journal, every 1 percent increase in unemployment creates a 3.3 percent increase in deaths from drug overdose, and a .99 percent increase in suicides.

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