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Innov Clin Neurosci. 2011 Dec;8(12):24-8.

Early detection of illicit drug use in teenagers.

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Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. alis@mmc.edu

Abstract

The illicit use of drugs, including alcohol, by teenagers has been extensively studied and documented. It is not uncommon for teenagers to be involved in illicit drug use before exhibiting signs and symptoms of drug use. Unsuspecting parents may be unaware of drug use in their children. The authors' objective in this article is to review the literature on illicit drug use in teenagers and highlight the risk factors for teen involvement. The authors also review the warning signs that a teen is using illicit drugs. The aim of this article is to assist parents and healthcare workers involved in substance use intervention programs to be more aware of these risk factors and warning signs in order to adopt early screening and intervention measures.

KEYWORDS:

Drug abuse; detoxification; drug screening; early detection; illicit drugs; risk factors; symptoms of drug use; teenager

PMID:
22247815
PMCID:
PMC3257983
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