Psychological Characteristics of Heroin-Dependent and Non-Opioid-Substance-Dependent Adolescents in Community Drug Treatment Services

Lisa Keane, Kevin Ducray, Bobby P. Smyth
  • Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, May 2014, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/1067828x.2013.786924

What is it about?

We measured mental health problems in adolescents attending addiction treatment. We compared the heroin addicted teenagers to those with other drug problems. We found greater mental health problems in the heroin addicted group. Within the heroin addicted group, there was some evidence of increased mental problems in females relative to the males.

Why is it important?

This study it adds to the body of literature confirming the high prevalence of mental health difficulties among adolescents with substance use disorders. Consequently, it is vital that adolescent addiction services include staff skilled in the assessment and management of mental health problems.

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