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Friday, January 24, 2014

National Drug Facts Week 2014

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January 27 to February 2 is National Drug Facts Week, it is an opportunity for communities and schools to join together to hold events for teens to learn how drugs affect the brain, body and behavior. In order to prepare, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has provided new resources that will enable parents, doctors and treatment specialists to better assist teenagers dealing with addiction.

Teenage drug use and treatment needs are not the same as adults, according to NIDA. Most teens do not think they need help with their problem, and it usually takes the driving force of loved ones before teens get the help that they need. In fact, only 10 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds needing treatment for substance abuse actually gets help, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research Based Guide is an online publication that serves a guide for treating teenage substance abuse. The guide includes:
  • A set of principle for treating adolescent substance use disorders.
  • Frequently asked questions.
  • Evidence-based approaches.
  • Family and medical professionals' roles.
“Because critical brain circuits are still developing during the teen years, this age group is particularly susceptible to drug abuse and addiction,” NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow said in a news release. “These new resources are based on recent research that has greatly advanced our understanding of the unique treatment needs of the adolescent.”
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