Health officials remind public about resources available for those struggling with holidays

Mike Dougherty
December 20, 2018 - 4:27 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For many, the holidays are a joyous season filled with laughs and love.

For others, it's a reminder of how things have gone wrong, and health officials say that's a recipe for depression and substance abuse.

There are also many stressors this time of year, and that causes people to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope.

To combat the holiday blues, members of Gov. Tom Wolf's administration want to make sure anyone who is struggling this season knows where to find help. 

Officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs say lean on your support system, and there is also a Get Help Now hotline open 24/7 for those in need: 1-800-662-HELP.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also say this is the time of year when people are most at risk of relapse, and overdose deaths spike. 

Health department officials want to remind everyone that naloxone is available without a prescription at many pharmacies, and that could be the difference between life and death for a loved one.