Substance Abuse among Juveniles

  • Heidi M. Petersen
  • Robert B. Millman
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 4)


The use of psychoactive substances to alter mood, perception, and behavior has become an integral part of the coming of age in Western society. Whereas the majority of adolescents have experimented with drugs, drug use patterns vary widely in response to a multiplicity of societal, psychological, and biological factors. Many adolescents experiment with particular drugs for a period of time and then cease drug use. Others use drugs periodically or regularly in a controlled manner and may or may not suffer adverse consequences of this behavior. Still others develop compulsive and dangerous drug use patterns and often experience subsequent physical and psychosocial deterioration.1 Currently, drug abuse may well be considered the primary cause, direct or indirect, of preventable premature death among adolescents in the United States.


Illicit Drug Withdrawal Syndrome Blood Alcohol Level Marijuana User Adverse Sequela 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heidi M. Petersen
    • 1
  • Robert B. Millman
    • 2
  1. 1.New York Academy of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Psychiatry and Public HealthNew York Hospital-Cornell Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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