Teen substance use, involving tobacco, alcohol or other drugs, is a public health problem that can result in costly and debilitating health and social consequences. One of these consequences is addiction, a complex brain disease that in almost all cases begins with substance use in adolescence. Like other behavioral health problems, teen substance use is a function of many factors including genetics, other health conditions, family dynamics, community, and the larger environment in which a teen lives.
The best way to avert the consequences of teen substance use is to influence these factors in order to prevent and reduce teen use.
Learn more about the CASAColumbia program aimed at preventing teen substance use or donate now to aid CASAColumbia in researching the best ways to prevent and eliminate the disease of addiction and conquer the stigma attached to it.