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Adolescent substance misuse: an update on behaviours and treatments

  • Paul McArdle and Bisharda Angom

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Substance misuse remains relatively common among adolescents. It can be conceptualised as one manifestation of a broader conduct problem or disinhibitory syndrome that is genetically transmitted. Some substances, notably alcohol, have potential direct effects on brain development. Availability of substances is a necessary condition for use, and recent marketing developments have unleashed a range of new agents. Nevertheless, there is considerable scope for prevention, brief intervention, pharmacological and more elaborate psychosocial treatments.

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Dr Paul McArdle, Fleming Nuffield Unit, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 3AE, UK. Email: paul.mcardle@ntw.nhs.uk

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P.M. has received honoraria for speaking at pharmaceutical industry events.

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