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Youth Substance Use

Youth Substance Use

Substance abuse may begin during adolescence for many Iowans. Use of substances, including both legal substances like prescription medications and illegal substances, at an early age is associated with future substance-related problems. Research findings demonstrate that brain development continues well into early adulthood and that substance use can interfere with such development. Substance use by youth is a serious public health concern.

 

Youth who use substances are more likely to: