Horrifying, so glad steps are being taken to actively combat this national health epidemic! Remove stigma from addiction so people can/will seek treatment!
Over 10 million people are directly affected.
Physicians rarely screen for the problem.
Less than 7% of those with a diagnosis receive treatment.
Although effective evidence-based treatments exist, they are rarely implemented.
Have you guessed?
The answer is: Adolescent Substance Use
Why is adolescent substance use such an enormous public health concern? In a recent commentary, authors Emily Feinstein, Linda Richter and Susan Foster offer compelling arguments. Let’s take a look at some of the health-related, social, and economic costs and consequences of risky substance use they discuss.
- Health-related problems and behaviors include addiction, death, suicide, homicide, violence, risky driving, and unsafe sex.
- Social consequences include poor academic and career achievement and juvenile justice involvement.
- In a single year (2007), the costs for youth violence, automobile accidents, risky sex, drug-related property crimes, alcohol-poisoning, and fetal alcohol syndrome among teen mothers in the U.S. totaled $68 Billion!
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