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Drinking, drug use and driving increased in West Virginia during COVID-19, WVU study finds

One West Virginia trauma center saw an uptick in alcohol and drug use by patients treated for motor vehicle collision injuries during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a West Virginia University study led by Toni Marie Rudisill, assistant professor in the WVU School of Public Health. More specifically, researchers found patients were using a greater number of drugs, including cannabinoids, opioids and stimulants during the pandemic than prior to its onset.