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Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Presenter: Veronika Mesheriakova, MD, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  Dr.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

This free webinar will review developmental neurobiology and the impact of psychoactive substances in general on brain development. We will then discuss the particular impacts of alcohol, THC, and nicotine on the brain and their specific impacts on brain development.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

The Brief Screener for Tobacco, Alcohol and other Drugs (BSTAD) and Screening to Brief Intervention (S2BI) are two, validated tools that help clinicians screen adolescents for substance use in under two minutes. In this short video, Dr.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse answer common questions teens ask about drug use and addiction. The episode Can Using Drugs Help Me Deal with Anxiety and Depression?

Webinar 'Who's Doing What?: The Epidemiology of Adolescent Substance Use'

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Thursday, March 4, 2021, 12pm-1pm ET (Washington, DC time, corresponding to 11CT/10MT/9PT)


A webinar produced in partnership with the ATTC Network Coordinating Office and AMERSA


This free webinar will review the epidemiology of adolescent substance. We will discuss the substances most often used by youth, look at trends in youth substance use over time, and discuss the protective role of family and positive social supports.

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will be able to: 

  • Outline substances most commonly used by adolescents in the U.S. and describe trends in adolescent substance use over time;
  • Recount the relationship between adolescent substance use and key indicators of health; and
  • Relate how the family and positive social supports serve as protective factors.



Veronika Mesheriakova, MD

Veronika Mesheriakova

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, UCSF Director of UCSF Youth Outpatient Substance Use Program (YoSUP)

Dr. Mesheriakova is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Director of the UCSF Youth Outpatient Substance Use Program (YoSUP), a multidisciplinary, family-based program that provides comprehensive assessment and evidence-based outpatient treatment for youth with substance use disorders. She also directs the UCSF Youth Addiction Management Training Program which offers training in youth-specific addiction treatment to UCSF professional trainees including fellows, residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, social workers, and clinical psychologists.

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Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Source: Secundino-Guadarrama, G., Veytia-López, M., Guadarrama-Guadarrama, R., & Míguez, M. (2021). Depressive symptoms and automatic negative thoughts as predictors of suicidal ideation in Mexican adolescents. Salud Mental, 44(1), 3-10.

Attachment Style and Addictions (Alcohol, Cigarette, Waterpipe and Internet) among Lebanese Adolescents: A National Study

Tobacco use amongst the youth is a growing prevalent issue, with traditional tobacco products, such as the narguileh, being the main culprit. One survey indicated that the rise in tobacco use, through narguileh smoking amongst teenagers is increasing, due to its widespread acceptance within families and in society. This phenomenon is more prevalent in Lebanon, than other countries in the Middle East.

Association between Parental Separation and Addictions in Adolescents: Results of a National Lebanese Study

Numerous patterns have emerged from research conducted in Lebanon, pertaining to rising harmful addictions amongst children and adolescents, tied to family status. This study showcased direct correlations between child and adolescent addiction rates, and the status of their families. With rising divorce rates in Lebanon, children whose families are separated or divorced, showcased higher addiction rates to smoking and alcohol consumption.

Principles of Care for Young Adults With Substance Use Disorders

Researchers from the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center have published a series of articles in the Pediatrics journal addressing the six principles of care for young adults with substance use disorders.

The aim of the series is to support practitioners in developing their awareness of the particular challenges that young people face. This, in turn, can help professionals in developing tailored services that are designed to meet the unique needs of this group. 

Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs

On December 15, the United States National Institute on Drug Abuse announced new data from the annual Monitoring the Future study led by researchers at the University of Michigan.

On December 16, a data processing error was found. This error misrepresented the scope of the decreases in daily or near-daily vaping of nicotine, marijuana, and just flavoring. NIDA’s materials were updated on December 17 to reflect the correct data.

High Risk Substance Use and Overdose Among Youth Conference

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The rising numbers of young people with high-risk substance use, especially suffering from overdose, is alarming. Adolescence and young adulthood (under the age of 25) is the period of highest incidence and greatest impact of mental health and substance use disorders, yet there are no youth-specific services in place.

Further, youth are not benefiting from and are often excluded from most adult harm reduction and treatment services. Good and effective care for youth needs to address their complex age-specific needs. Youth’s pattern of use is more often explorative and nearly all youth who use substances experience early trauma experiences and mental health challenges. Any overdose event is an overall crisis and increases the risk for a following one.

The aim of this conference is to raise awareness for this important aspect of the overdose crisis and initiate a debate on necessary initiatives to create a proper clinical system addressing adolescence.