June 27, 2016
The AAP has released an updated policy statement on adolescent substance use that recommends universal screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment become part of routine health care.
“Substance use has an enormous direct and indirect public health impact on children and teenagers,” Sharon J.L. Levy, MD, MPH, FAAP, co-lead author of the AAP’s Committee on Substance Use and Prevention and assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and colleagues wrote. “Pediatricians play a vital longitudinal role in the lives of adolescents and are uniquely positioned to effect change in adolescent patients’ health knowledge, behaviors and well-being.”