The Addiction Policy Forum and Prevention Policy Alliance have created a new video for kids, showing how repeated substance misuse can hijack the brain, and why it the “One Choice” to delay use until the brain has reached maturity is so important.
According to a new study, over the last 40 years there has gradually been an enormous increase in the number of teens who are making just One Choice: zero use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, or any other substance that can skew their brain development towards adult addiction.
In the video below, Robert L. DuPont, MD, President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, and Sharon Levy, MD, Director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children's Hospital, discuss their study showing this positive long-term trend.
IBH President Robert L. DuPont, MD speaks at a RyeAct Parents' Meeting about the important role of parents in youth substance use prevention. You can view Dr. DuPont's corresponding presentation slides here.
Columnist Rich Lord, outlines some ways parents and students can help prevent teen drug use. Combining advice from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and other experts on teen drug use, Lord gives detailed advice to help teens make One Choice for a better future.
Read the full column here.