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A national campaign to address the substance use treatment needs of adolescents.

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Based on NIDA's publication: Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide, this campaign will:

  • familiarize treatment providers with research study outcomes
  • provide strategies to incorporate those findings into practice
  • address the implications for treating adolescents

Through the use of a social media campaign, quarterly updates and webinars conducted by experts in the field, users will learn about a variety of topics including:

  • the developing brain
  • behavioral therapies proven effective for adolescents
  • treatment retention and cultural adaptions
  • the importance of testing for sexually transmitted infections

What's next?

Substance Use Disorder & The Adolescent Brain

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern (12pm Central / 11am Mountain /10am Pacific)

Register here.

This webinar will focus on the adolescent brain, provide information on those adolescents who are at increased risk for drug use, and present the major impact of home, family and peers. In addition, the presenter will address the increased potency of THC/marijuana and its potential long-term impact on this population.

Glen R. Hanson, DDS, PhD is the Interim Dean for the School of Dentistry at the University of Utah and the Director of the Utah Addiction Center, University of Utah. He was the acting director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the national Institutes of Health and director of the Division of Neurobiological and Behavior Research (NIH) and is recognized as one of the world's leader experts on the neurobiology of the psychostimulants such as methamphetamine and ecstasy (MDMA).

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is the lead federal agency supporting scientific research on substance use disorders (SUDs). As part of their mission, NIDA is responsible for providing information on both the short and long term consequences of SUDs on the brains, bodies and lives of adolescents. NIDA’s comprehensive website provides a variety of tools (e.g., videos, infographics, blogs, publications) that address adolescent substance use and are available at no cost.

NIDA/SAMHSA-ATTC Adolescent Blending Team Members

  • Phillip Orrick, Chair - South Southwest ATTC
  • Jason Burrow-Sánchez, PhD - Central Rockies ATTC
  • Leslie Cohen, BS - New England ATTC
  • Marjean Searcy, SSW - Central Rockies ATTC
  • Pat Stilen, LCSW - Mid-America ATTC

Find out more about the NIDA/SAMHSA-ATTC Blending Initiative

NIDA Children & Teens Resources

Get the inside information on how different drugs can affect the brain and the body and what you can do to get involved. For more resources, see the NIDA for Teens web site.

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  • About 7-8% of adolescents in need of substance use treatment actually receive treatment (SAMHSA, 2010) and SAMHSA TEDS 2011.
  • Substance dependence for illicit drugs was higher in those aged 12-17 (1.8%) than individuals aged 26+ (1.4%) (Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2015)
  • Alcohol, marijuana and tobacco are the top three substances used by adolescents (Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2015)

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