Substance use among adolescents is pervasive and commonly encountered in primary care pediatrics. According to the most recent Monitoring the Future Study published in 2018, opioid misuse among teens and marijuana use remains stable while vaping device use is climbing to record numbers. The general approach to the assessment and treatment of adolescents with substance use disorders is similar in some respects to adults; however, developmental considerations require an approach tailored to the cognitive, social, and legal status of adolescents.
In this episode we discuss the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and diagnosis of substance use and substance use disorder in adolescents with Christian Thurstone, MD.
Dr. Thurstone is the Director of Behavioral and Health Sciences at Denver Health and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver.
Discussed in this episode:
Have feedback about today's episode or suggestions for a future topic? Write to us, email@example.com