Illicit Drug Use Among Adolescents Essays

1690 Words Nov 9th, 2014 7 Pages
Illicit drug use among adolescents is a global health concern that results in social, economic, and health problems (Saxe et al., 2001). Many efforts have been aimed to reduce this public health problem; while some may have beneficial, the rates remain high (Ilgen, et al., 2011). Research shows that adolescents would benefit from interventions and treatment, but often they do not get it (Cuijpers, 2002; Faggiano et al., 2008; Winters, Leitten, Wagner, & O 'Leary Tevyaw, 2007; Wu, Blazer, Li, & Woody, 2011). Health professionals understand the seriousness of this health problem and its contribution to the worldwide burden of disease (Ketterer et al., 2014). According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS, 2014b), the use of illicit drugs leads to many negative effects like addiction, risky behaviors, sexually transmitted infections, violence, mental health issues, and health problems such as cardiovascular disease and premature death.
Medical professionals have an important role in illicit substance abuse because they often diagnosis, manage, and treat health problems caused by illicit drug use, and can refer users to rehabilitation or other treatment (Gryczynski et al., 2011; Ketterer et al., 2014). While general practitioners have a vital role in detection and management, Ketterer et al. (2014) states that some view substance abuse patients as burdens. General practitioners often feel unfit for treating patients with substance abuse problems, and feel…

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