Adolescent Substance Abuse
Family physicians can make a real difference with teenagers who suffer from substance abuse, but it can be a challenge. In fact, the challenge starts with defining the problem. Studies show that there has been at least some alcohol consumption by more than 50% of high school seniors, and up to one-third have tried marijuana; 90% of college sophomores report the use of alcohol during their freshman year of college, with approximately 40% bingeing on the weekends with some regularity. After about the age of 22, there is a gradual but significant decline in the use of alcohol and other substances by most young people. About 10% of the population continue to have a substance abuse problem at some time in their lives (excluding nicotine). Nearly all who do started substance usage during their teens.
KeywordsDepression Nicotine Cocaine Smoke Amphetamine
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