Early detection of illicit drug use in teenagers

Shahid Ali, Charles Mouton, Shagufta Jabeen, Ejike Kingsley Ofoemezie, Rhan K. Bailey, Madiha Shahid, Qiang Zeng

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The illicit use of drugs, including alcohol, by teenagers has been extensively studied and documented. It is not uncommon for teenagers to be involved in illicit drug use before exhibiting signs and symptoms of drug use. Unsuspecting parents may be unaware of drug use in their children. The authors' objective in this article is to review the literature on illicit drug use in teenagers and highlight the risk factors for teen involvement. The authors also review the warning signs that a teen is using illicit drugs. The aim of this article is to assist parents and healthcare workers involved in substance use intervention programs to be more aware of these risk factors and warning signs in order to adopt early screening and intervention measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-28
Number of pages5
JournalInnovations in Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Detoxification
  • Drug abuse
  • Drug screening
  • Early detection
  • Illicit drugs
  • Risk factors
  • Symptoms of drug use
  • Teenager

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Ali, S., Mouton, C., Jabeen, S., Ofoemezie, E. K., Bailey, R. K., Shahid, M., & Zeng, Q. (2011). Early detection of illicit drug use in teenagers. Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience, 8(12), 24-28.