New teen drug abuse resources released


In advance of National Drug Facts Week, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has released a set of online resources to help parents identify and interact with teens who might be at risk of substance abuse and to provide information on treatment options. National Drug Facts Week is an annual week-long effort to educate teens about drug abuse and will take place from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2.

Adolescents’ substance use and treatment needs differ from those of adults, making it important to highlight available resources for teens and parents, NIDA said in a written statement. "Teens abuse different substances, experience different consequences, and are less likely to seek treatment on their own because they may not want or think they need help," according to the statement.

"Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide" is a new online publication that describes approaches to drug abuse treatment, settings in which treatment may occur, and the role of loved ones and medical professionals in identifying substance abuse and assisting recovery.

NIDA will promote several additional resources during National Drug Facts Week to educate parents and teens about drug abuse. Visit National Drug Facts Week to learn more and to find community events and activities aimed at preventing and treating drug abuse in adolescents.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a division of the National Institutes of Health. For more information on NIDA research, visit the NIDA website.

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