Adolescent Substance Use: New strategies for screening & early prevention

  • Judge Baker Children's Center 53 Parker Hill Avenue Boston, MA

Presenter: John Rogers Knight, Jr. M.D, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital Chair in Developmental Medicine

Greater than 70% of all deaths among US adolescents are from motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional injuries, homicides and suicides. These are strongly linked to alcohol and drug use as are a wide variety of non-lethal but serious medical problems. Healthcare clinicians are viewed by teens as authoritative and trustworthy sources of heath information; making clinic visits a promising venue for screening, prevention and early intervention services. It places substance use in a health-risk context, affords adolescents’ need for privacy and provides a reasonable assurance of confidentiality. This presentation will summarize the development and testing of practical brief screening and counseling strategies for outpatient settings where adolescents receive medical and mental/behavioral healthcare. 

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