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Medical News & Perspectives
August 15, 2007

New Tactics Help Curb Adolescent Substance Abuse and Dependence

JAMA. 2007;298(7):729-730. doi:10.1001/jama.298.7.729

San Diego—Drug abuse and drug dependence usually start in adolescence, with peak onset around age 19 years. Most drug treatment programs in the United States, however, target people aged 30 years or older.

“We have a gap in our treatment portfolio,” said Wilson Compton, MD, director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in Bethesda, Md.