The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released new resources to assist parents, health care providers, and substance abuse treatment specialists in treating teens struggling with drug abuse, and to help identify and interact with those who may be at risk. The resources are part of the awareness campaign for the upcoming National Drug Facts Week (January 27–February 2, 2014).

Teens are likely to abuse different substances and experience different consequences compared to adults, and are less likely to seek treatment on their own. Only 10% of 12- to 17-year-olds needing substance abuse treatments receive any services, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

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The newly released Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research Based Guide covers factors in treating adolescent substance use disorders, frequently asked questions, adolescent drug abuse treatment settings, evidence-based treatment approaches, and the role of the family and medical professionals in identifying teen substance use and supporting treatment and recovery. The Substance Use Disorder in Adolescents: Screening and Engagement in Primary Care Settings educational module provides information on screening adolescents at risk for or already struggling with substance use disorders. While designed for medical students and residents, it can also provide insight for anyone seeking information on how to interact with teens at risk for addiction.

For more information call (301) 443-1124 or visit the National Drug Facts Week website.