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Mental Health Professionals Warn Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse Due to COVID-19

April 21, 2020

Dear Valued Clients:

I hope this letter finds you and your families healthy and safe. We here at Coe Management Group have been pleased to be able to continue service for essential businesses that are able to still conduct operations during this very difficult and confusing time. However, many of your businesses have been impacted by furloughs, layoffs and closures and are unable to continue drug testing programs due to stay at home orders, social distancing and the like.

As we near the ever-anticipated normalcy of getting back to business, I wanted to make you aware of an issue ALL employers should have heightened awareness too. That is the issue of the stress, isolation and anxiety that the quarantine and overall impacts of COVID-19 have created for our nation. With these types of stressors, mental health professionals and leading organizations (CDC and SAMHSA) have warned about the abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol during this time. That is why it is more important than ever to ensure your workplace stays safe by drug-testing your employees or prospective employees.

Many of you will have employees returning to work after several weeks at home in isolation, or some may be hiring new employees to staff up. Coe Management Group anticipates a significant increase in the demand for testing and I want to assure you we stand ready to adequately service all of our valuable clients. We are prepared to handle increase traffic in our Winston-Salem, NC collection site as well as a higher demand for on-site testing for large amount of people.

Rest assured that for the safety of your employees and ours, we have adopted a protocol for safe collection to include social distancing in our waiting rooms as well as equipping our employees with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment while testing.

Please call our office to ask any questions regarding your specific program or to schedule any on-site needs.

We are here to serve you.

Sincerely,

Traci G. Donaldson, President

Reference Web Links:
https://www.samhsa.gov/coronavirus
https://nypost.com/2020/03/30/coronavirus-is-causing-a-rise-in-drug-and-alcohol-relapses/
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html