Younger age of first cannabis use or prescription drug misuse is associated with faster development of substance use disorders

Younger age of first cannabis use or prescription drug misuse is associated with faster development of substance use disorders

The study was led by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. “Though not everyone who uses a drug will develop addiction, adolescents may develop addiction to substances faster than young adults. For example, within 12 months since first cannabis use, 10.7% of adolescents had cannabis use disorder versus 6.4% of young adults. For example, within 12 months since first misuse of prescription drugs:11.2% of adolescents had prescription opioid use disorder versus 6.9% of young adults. “This underscores the importance of drug use prevention and screening for substance use or misuse among adolescents and young adults.

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