Office management of substance use in adolescence

K. Jayashree, Preeti M. Galagali

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Substance use in adolescents begins in the critical phase of growth. Adolescents are “biologically wired” to seek new experiences and take risks, as well as to carve out their own identity. Substance use during adolescence has been associated with a greater risk of substance use disorders in adulthood. Efforts should be focused on early identification, awareness and prevention programs, and routine monitoring of adolescent health. Pediatricians should screen for nonspecific flag signs and specific indicators of substance use and underlying mental health disorders should be diagnosed in these adolescents. Behavioural interventions, family, school and community support groups need to be created for their management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-269
Number of pages2
JournalIndian Journal of Practical Pediatrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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