BRIEF8.C Perceived COVID-19 effect on access to substance use treatment among all adolescents ages 12–17 and among those who reported substance use in the past year by typeof COVID-19 effect reported, October–December 2020

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Perceived effect on substance use treatment and medical care Total population Adolescents reporting past-year alcohol or illicit drug use
Substance use treatment
Appointments moved from in-person to telehealth 5.7 9.0
Delays or cancellations in appointments 6.8 12.0
Delays in getting prescriptions 3.1 3.2
Unable to access needed care, resulting in moderate to severe impact on health 1.6 1.1
NOTE: Respondents who reported that the respective question did not apply to them were classified as not having experienced that effect. Respondents with unknown information on their perception of the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on their access to substance use treatment were excluded.
SOURCE: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Survey on Drug Use and Health.