Drug abuse is a serious public health problem. It affects almost every community and family in some way. Drug abuse in children and teenagers may pose a greater hazard than in older people. This is because their brains are not yet fully developed. As a result, the brains of young people may be more susceptible to drug abuse and addiction than adult brains.
Abused drugs include
There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But it is better to prevent drug abuse in the first place.
NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Answers to Student's Most Popular Questions about Drug Abuse and Addiction (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
- College-Age & Young Adults (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
- Dealing with Addiction (For Teens) (Nemours Foundation)
- Dealing with Drug Problems: Preventing and Treating Drug Abuse (National Institutes of Health) Also in Spanish
- Drugs: Shatter the Myths (National Institute on Drug Abuse) - PDF
- Drugs: What You Should Know (For Teens) (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish
- NIDA for Teens (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
- More U.S. Kids Landing in ER with Opioid Addiction (09/15/2017, HealthDay)
- '12-Step' Strategy Boosts Success of Teen Drug Abuse Program (08/07/2017, HealthDay)
Diagnosis and Tests
- Drugs of Abuse Testing (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Drug Testing in Schools (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Prevention and Risk Factors
- Drug Abuse Prevention Starts with Parents (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Also in Spanish
Treatments and Therapies
- Substance Abuse Treatment for Children and Adolescents: Questions to Ask (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
- What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - PDF Also in Spanish
Statistics and Research
- Among High School Seniors, Driving After Marijuana Use Surpasses Drunk Driving (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
- High School and Youth Trends (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
- Monitoring the Future 2014 Survey Results (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
- Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (National Institute on Drug Abuse) - PDF
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Drugs and Young People (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Treatments for opioid use disorder among pregnant and reproductive-aged women.
- Article: Association Between Initial Use of e-Cigarettes and Subsequent Cigarette Smoking...
- Article: Opioid Use in Pregnancy, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and Childhood Outcomes:...
- Drugs and Young People -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services Locator (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- National Institute on Drug Abuse Also in Spanish
- Partnership at Drugfree.org (Partnership for a Drug-Free America)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)