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Module 18: Adolescent Substance Use
Brain development during adolescence makes youth particularly vulnerable to both initiating substance use and developing substance use disorders. Alcohol and cannabis use are both common and the impacts of these substances on the developing brain leads to a predictable set of consequences. However, adolescent substance use is not inevitable. Various prevention strategies, interventions to prevent substance use disorders and substance use disorder treatment modalities are effective in this age group. This module discusses the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) method, its implementation, and its success in clinical trials alone and in combination with prescribed medication for addiction.
Target Audience
Physicians, nurses, and healthcare teams who are treating patients with substance use disorder (SUD).
Sharon Levy, MD, MPH | Director; Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program (ASAP), Boston Children's Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Credit Designations Available
Interprofessional Continuing Education credit, AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, and Nursing Contact Hours.
Core Competencies as a result of participating in this activity
Interpersonal Skills and Communication
Medical Knowledge
Patient Care
Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

Explain how adolescent brain development poses unique risks associated with substance use
Identify tools for screening adolescents for substance use in clinical settings and appropriate steps to take based on response
Describe evidence-based treatment options for adolescents with moderate-high risk
Method of participating in the learning process
In order to receive maximum credit, learners must:

1. Review the materials provided in this module.
2. Earn a minimum cumulative score of 80% on the post-test.
3. Complete an evaluation to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4. Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.*

*Credit will not be awarded unless all components of the program are completed. Partial credit will not be awarded.
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 01/26/2023
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Nursing Credit
1 IPCE Credit
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 6H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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