Addressing the Epidemic That Will Outlast COVID-19: Exploring Solutions to Adolescent Substance Use After the COVID-19 Pandemic
For decades, many adolescents have struggled with substance use, as well as the vast physical and development consequences that accompany it. While the prevalence of most substances, such as cigarettes and alcohol, have fallen dramatically over time, others, in particular e-cigarettes and marijuana, threaten be dangerously popular for years to come, particularly for underserved low-income Black youth. However, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, new trends in adolescent substance use have emerged, producing new challenges to which policymakers must adapt. Hopefully, these new challenges trigger urgency, and with that, investment in solutions such as family-, community-, and media-centered interventions, as well as telemedicine.
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