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Research has found that therapies to treat substance use disorders that are designed for adults may not be as effective in adolescent populations. Adolescent treatment typically involves family members and will require parental consent. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has created Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide, which describes adolescent substance use, principles of treatment, and evidence-based approaches for adolescents with substance use disorders.

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Perceived Ease of Access to Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Substances in Rural and Urban US Students
Examines differences in perceived ease of access to both legal and illegal substances for adolescents in rural and urban areas of Georgia. Provides statistics with breakdowns by substance, rural/urban, and middle versus high school students.
Authors: Warren, J., Smalley, K., Barefoot, K.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 15
Date: 10/2015