An interesting article, supplied via LexTox, shows the increased and decreased usage in drugs and alcohol during lockdown as well as the reasons quoted for the change, which touches on mental health and drugs/alcohol.

Substance misuse is a recurring concern in childcare matters and some parents qualify to enter the PSMC  (Parental Substance Misuse Court) or FDAC (Family Drug and Alcohol Court) process to address these issues with a view to decreasing or cessation of use. The desired outcome of these processes is for the child to be able to remain within the parents' care

Drug and alcohol testing give an indication of the patterns of usage, however the reasons for usage are individual and often deep-rooted.

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