Adolescent Substance Use 101: Current Trends & The Impact of COVID-19

This webinar provided an overview of current trends in psychoactive substance use among adolescents. The information described current data about what substances are being used and how trends differ across the county. The mechanism of action and associated impact of each major drug category were detailed. Additionally, time was dedicated to discussing the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and its impact on rates of use and access to treatment.

By the end of this webinar, participants were able to describe the psychoactive substances most commonly used by adolescents—including the main mechanisms of action and main reasons for adolescents’ use—and discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on current trends in adolescent substance use.