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Resources for those battling substance abuse during the coronavirus pandemic

In-person support groups may not be an option right now, but no one has to go through this alone

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — The effects of the coronavirus pandemic can be difficult for those who battle substance abuse, especially since traditional in-person support groups aren't currently an option.

The St. Louis County Department of Health is making sure people affected by substance abuse have all the online support and resources they need.

"Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Some of our friends and family members that might be more susceptible to the increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs may need more assistance," the department said in a Wednesday press release. "Those that have support networks based on interacting with others, peer groups, and meetings will have to identify and utilize other options as we respond to this pandemic"

The department released the following list of online resources:

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