Substance use disorders in adolescents: Pharmacologic management


Authors: Donald E Greydanus
Page Range: 125-135
Published in: International Journal of Chile Health and Human Development, 16#2 (2023)
ISSN: 1939-5965

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Substance use disorders are a major public health conundrum of adolescents and adults throughout the world. The major problem of addiction in the world has intensified since the unfortunate biochemical isolation of cocaine, heroin, and morphine in the 19th century. The role of pharmacologic agents in the management of substance abuse disorders in adolescents is secondary or adjunctive, with psychological (psychosocial) therapies serving as the primary methods of treatment. Medications may serve a more primary role in the transient issue of helping in acute management of drug intoxication or withdrawal states. This review discusses current pharmacologic management of specific illicit drugs in which research indicates drug treatment can be beneficial; these drugs include alcohol, heroin, and cocaine.

Keywords: Children, adolescents, substance use disorders, illicit drugs, management

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