Abstract- "Adolescent substance use is a national public health crisis. The most commonly used substances among adolescents are nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana. Use of these substances during adolescence has serious adverse effects on brain development, with impairments that can endure into adulthood. Advanced practice nurses in primary care can address substance use in the adolescent population with the use of evidence-based interventions, such as Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). This article describes trends in adolescent substance use and use of the SBIRT intervention for low, medium, and high-risk use in this population".
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