Approximately 1 in 5 youth ages 12-17 are participating in substance use including alcohol, tobacco and cigarettes, and illicit drugs. Youth and adolescents who use substances are at risk of using as adults, and to limit this risk it is important to not only connect those currently using with helpful resources but also to prevent use before it begins. It is a challenge to identify youth who are struggling, and once identified, the wait to receive care is often prohibitive to timely treatment. Potential options for increasing screening and access to treatment include creating systems within primary care settings (90% of youth receive primary care), include school systems in screening and treatment, and stand-alone digital interventions. Join Dr. Uche Aneni as she discusses some of the most pressing issues in the youth substance use space and opportunities to treat and prevent use.
This event will be virtual.