Prevention is about delaying the onset of first use, whether alcohol, tobacco or marijuana—the most commonly used substances among teens—until the brain has fully matured. The earlier someone starts using substances, the greater their chances of developing a substance use disorder (SUD), and the more severe their illness is likely to be.
Factors that contribute to the development of a substance use disorder
Risk and protective factors
Adverse childhood experiences
Adolescent brain development and early intervention
Innovative prevention programs and policies
Length: 90 minutes
Audience: Parents, Caregivers, Teachers, Adolescents, Young Adults
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