The American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing guidance to parents that all teens be properly educated and screened regarding alcohol and drugs.   

Citing the CDC and the rising mortality statistics for drug related teen deaths, the AAP is cautioning parents.   The AAP’s committee on substance abuse writes that although it is common for adolescents and young adults to try mood-altering chemicals, including nicotine, it is important that this experimentation not be condoned, facilitated, or trivialized by adults including parents, teachers, and health care providers. Use of alcohol and other drugs remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality for young people in the United States.

The key research cited in the paper would dispell a lot of myths that parents have about kids who try drugs.   The policy statement continues: Even the first use of alcohol or another drug can result in tragic consequences such as unintentional injury or death. All substance use involves health risks that can occur long before there is drug addiction, and teenagers seem to be particularly susceptible to health risk–taking behaviors and injuries related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.

The AAP recommends that parents consult pediatricians, and support drug screening.

Your family doctor is the first line of defense.    But screening can be done more comprehensively by parents in the home.   Utilizing home drug tests can help detect substance use in between the visits to the doctor.   Afterall, drugs typically stay in the system for up to 72 hours.  


The complete study can be found by clicking HERE.