Distance learning is keeping more of the state’s teens isolated. And Cindy Doth with Hazelden Betty Ford says that’s led to an increase in substance abuse…

“Nearly 50% of adolescents are drinking and smoking all by themselves, and then nearly 25% end up breaking social distancing so they can use with friends.”

Doth is encouraging parents to set a good example for their kids. And to watch for warning signs of substance use and depression, including significant changes to eating and sleeping habits.