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NIDA unveils provider resources for adolescent care

January 23, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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In preparation for National Drug Facts Week from Jan. 27-Feb. 2, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released new online resources to assist addiction treatment specialists and other health providers in improving their work with adolescents.

The online publication Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research Based Guide lays out 13 principles to consider in treating adolescent substance use disorders. The publication also describes evidence-based approaches in treating this population, and discusses the role of family members and medical professionals in identifying problems and supporting treatment and recovery.

The online resource The Substance Use Disorder in Adolescents: Screening and Engagement in Primary Care Settings is an educational module to assist medical students and resident physicians in how to screen young people successfully. NIDA states that anyone interested in improving their interaction with at-risk teens could benefit from this online resource, which was developed by the NIDA Centers of Excellence for Physician Information.

“These new resources are based on recent research that has greatly advanced our understanding of the unique treatment needs of the adolescent,” NIDA director Nora D. Volkow, MD, said in a news release from the institute.

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