Medical providers play an important role in identifying risks and substance use among adolescents.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends providing substance use screening and counseling to all adolescents as well as children in upper elementary grades. Research shows that adolescents are more willing to discuss substance use with a medical provider but state they commonly do not because they simply were not asked.
Prescribers should pay attention to the prescriber guidelines that were developed and issued through a partnership with state agencies and boards. The guidelines were developed in conjunction with and have been endorsed by numerous clinical professional organizations. Prescribers play a critical role in curbing prescription drug abuse by reducing the supply.
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