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Childhood Trauma May Increase Risk of Adolescent Drug Use, Study Shows

Children who experience traumatic events prior to the age of 11 may be more likely to use marijuana, cocaine, nonmedical prescription drugs, or other drugs as teens, according to a report online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.The results suggest that adolescents with a history of childhood trauma may benefit from drug prevention efforts that specifically address traumatic memories and coping strategies, and the need for treatment programs to more directly address childhood trauma.Researchers from several institutions analyzed data from the National Comorbidity Survey...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Tuesday, 31 May, 2016

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