A mental health and substance abuse therapist says drug abuse has increased since the start of the pandemic.

“We’re not alone in this. We are in this together and there’s a lot of help available,” said Dayry Hulkow, a primary therapist at Vista Pines Health.

Hulkow says since the pandemic began, drug abuse has increased and many are now relapsing.

“Feelings like boredom, loneliness, isolation, those are your huge triggers when it comes to addiction and particularly relapse, where people are highly dependent on self-help groups like A.A. and N.A.,” she said.

According to real-time data obtained by the Washington Post, suspected overdoses are on the rise compared to 2019 with an 18% increase in March, 29% increase in April and 42% increase in May.

Hulkow says many who turn to drugs or alcohol often feel they have no control over what’s happening right now.

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