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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

Addiction is a developmental disease that usually begins in adolescence.

Addiction is a Developmental Disease: It starts early

For example, 67 percent of those who try marijuana for the first time are between the ages of 12 and 17. Prevention efforts are therefore of primary importance—to stop drug abuse before it ever starts.

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As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.

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