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Adolescent Substance Use
SUD 101 Core Curriculum Overview

Curriculum overview:  While healthcare professionals are often on the front lines of treating substance use disorders, most have limited (if any) training in this area. The SUD 101 Core Curriculum was created to provide a foundation of the current research, resources, and support needed to increase healthcare professionals’ competence and confidence in the care of their patients across the continuum of care. This activity, Adolescent Substance Use, is part of the 23-module curriculum. Please see below for a summary of module 18 out of 23:
Module 18 Overview
Title: Adolescent Substance Use 

Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Director, Adolescent Substance use and Addiction Program (ASAP), Boston Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Module Description: Brain development during adolescence makes youth particularly vulnerable to both initiating substance use and developing substance use disorders (SUD). Alcohol and cannabis use are both common and the impacts of these substances on the developing brain leads to a predictable set of consequences. Primary and secondary prevention and treatment can all improve outcomes. This module discusses Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to identify and address substance use, and the medical management of SUD treatment in primary care. 

Educational Objectives:

  • 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
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Jan 12, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
0.75 CME Credit
0.75 PA-CME Credit
0.75 Other Professionals Credit
0.75 Nursing Credit
0.75 Pharmacy Credit
0.75 IPCE Credit
The content on this site is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 and grant no. 1H79TI085588 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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