Research :: Substance Use

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs with Smartphones? (NY Times)

Dr. Sion Kim Harris from the AYAH-RN was interviewed in a recent article from the New York Times, which explores the correlation between increased use of electronic devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets) and the decline of drug use among American teens. Read it here!

Risky Behavior | Substance Use | Trends | Young Adults

State Policies and Adolescent Alcohol Use

Consistent with prior research, a 2014 Research Brief from our partners at Child Trends presented mixed findings on the relationship between state policy and adolescent alcohol use. Higher beer taxes and laws requiring that beer kegs be registered are associated with decreases in adolescent drinking, laws that impose a driver’s license penalty for consumption are […]

Policy | Reports | State Policy | Substance Use

How High School Policies Shape Substance Use

In partnership with NAHIC, researchers at Child Trends used national longitudinal data to examine how high school policies shape substance use in young adulthood. The brief examines several policies, as well as individual, family and peer factors relevant to substance use. Research findings suggest that policies to promote a positive school environment are more likely […]

Policy | Reports | Social Determinants of Health | State Policy | Substance Use | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

A Guide to Evidence-Based Programs for Adolescent Health: Programs, Tools, and More

The past decade has witnessed a tremendous expansion of research and resources on “what works” to improve adolescent health. Despite the greater selection of effective programs and practical tools, this valuable implementation information is difficult to locate in one place. This resource has two aims: To serve as a guide to communities and practitioners for locating effective adolescent health interventions; To identify selected “implementing tools” designed to help communities implement evidence-based programs.

Evidence-based programs | Risky Behavior | Sexual and Reproductive Health | State & Community Programs | Substance Use | Toolkits | Young Adults

How Youth are Faring in the Transition to Adulthood

Led by our partners at Child Trends, NAHIC developed two reports examining how youth are faring in the transition to adulthood, with respect to having problems related to heavy alcohol use, illicit drug use, criminal behavior, and financial hardship.

Depression | Families | Mental/Behavioral Health | Reports | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use Problems in the Early Emerging Adult Years in the United States: Findings from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

This article, authored by NAHIC’s Sally Adams, David Knopf, and Jane Park, appears in Emerging Adulthood. According to the study, Young adults ages 18-25 had higher rates of mental health (MH) and substance use (SU) disorders, but lower treatment rates, compared to adults ages 26-34. Among young adults, fewer than 50% received treatment for MH […]

Journal Articles | Mental/Behavioral Health | Mental/Behavioral Health Care | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Young Adults

Improving the Lives of Adolescents and Young Adults: Out-of-School Time Programs That Have Significant Positive Impacts

This brief by Child Trends (created through a partnership with NAHIC) identifies 46 out-of-school time programs that have shown positive impacts on adolescent or young adult outcomes. Outcome categories include behavior problems, substance use, reproductive health, social-emotional health, life skills, education, and physical health.

Evidence-based programs | Mental/Behavioral Health | Reports | Sexual and Reproductive Health | State & Community Programs | Substance Use | Young Adults

Marijuana: Use Among Young Males and Health Outcomes

This 2009 article reviews relevant literature, including trends in young males’ marijuana use and health effects of marijuana use.

Males | Risky Behavior | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Young Adults

Alcohol and Cigarette Use Among Adolescent and Young Adult Males

This 2007 article discusses clinical considerations for and summarizes national data on alcohol and cigarette use among male adolescents and young adults.

Journal Articles | Males | Risky Behavior | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Young Adults

Towards Meeting the Needs of Adolescents

In this 2004 report, we reviewed the existing “state of the state” information on selected adolescent health programs supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in seven content areas (health and well-being, fitness, family and peer relationships, school environment, smoking, alcohol and violence).

Families | Risky Behavior | State & Community Programs | Substance Use