Youth substance use and abuse: challenges and strategies for identification and intervention

Leslie, Karen
January 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/15/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 2, p145
Academic Journal
The article provides information on the challenges and strategies for identification and intervention on youth substance use and abuse in Canada. It mentions about several risk factors that have been associated with substance abuse among young people including concurrent mental health disorder and family dysfunction. Meanwhile, the harmful effects related to drug and alcohol use are also discussed in the article such as unprotected sexual activity and self-injurious behavior. In connection, a number of screening tools are now available in many health care facilities to identify problems with substance use.


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