Substance use disorders drive adult addiction and prevent teens from reaching their full potential. Over 90% of adults with addiction used drugs before age 18, though healthcare providers habitually overlook warning signs and almost never intervene. Few physicians have expertise in Pediatric Addiction Medicine resulting in a leadership void and a missed public health opportunity. This effort is among the first to recognize addiction as a pediatric onset chronic illness that can be prevented, ameliorated and treated early in life. Our goal is to improve lives and eliminate addiction at population scale through prevention and early intervention of teen substance use disorders (SUD) by teaching physicians to recognize the vulnerability and resilience of the developing adolescent brain and intervene accordingly. Our objectives are 1) launch adolescent substance use clinical programs based on our established and proven model 2) enlist new programs as training sites for physicians specializing in addiction medicine.
The Children's Hospital Corporation (Boston Children's Hospital)website: http://www.childrenshospital.org/asap
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