Vashon teens’ drug usage seems to be increasing due to COVID-19
Alexander Wolf, reporter
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, teen usage of drugs, overall, had been on the decline, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for teens. However, the effects of quarantine and isolation are putting local teens at risk of addiction and relapse to drugs. The situation is not hopeless though, as it is constantly changing as these circumstances change.
According to an anonymous teen familiar with the world of teen drug usage on Vashon, drug usage among teens has increased during the quarantine.
“I’ve noticed an increase in the demand for drugs. At the beginning of quarantine, the drug....Read More
The four stages of lockdown reopening explained
By Marina-Rae Gill, reporter
Stage one, also known as the Healthcare System Readiness stage, is the first phase of Washington’s journey to the resumption of everyday life. Whether or not a county may enter stage one is measured by the healthcare system’s capacity of available beds, staff, and medical supplies. This includes supplies in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and rehabilitation. Counties are also judged by the number of days worth of protective equipment that are available in said care facilities. Because COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, hospitals must also be equipped with an appropriate number of ventilators.
Many Washington state counties have already entered or are nearing entry into...Read More