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Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide

Are there medications to treat adolescent substance abuse?

Several medications are approved by the FDA to treat addiction to opioids, alcohol, and nicotine in individuals 18 and older. In most cases, little research has been conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of these medications for adolescents; however, some health care providers do use these medications “off-label,” especially in older adolescents (see "Addiction Medications").

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Are there medications to treat adolescent substance abuse?

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (2014). Are there medications to treat adolescent substance abuse?. In Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-adolescent-substance-use-disorder-treatment-research-based-guide/frequently-asked-questions/are-there-medications-to-treat-adolescent-substance-abuse

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