Neurobiology of adolescent substance use disorders: implications for prevention and treatment.

@article{Rutherford2010NeurobiologyOA,
  title={Neurobiology of adolescent substance use disorders: implications for prevention and treatment.},
  author={Helena J.V. Rutherford and Linda C. Mayes and Marc N. Potenza},
  journal={Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America},
  year={2010},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={479-92}
}
Adolescence represents a unique period of development with neuronal maturation accompanied by increases in behavioral risk taking. Although risky behavior is a likely marker of normative adolescent development, there is an early emergence of substance use disorders in this population. Adolescence represents a distinct period of vulnerability to substance… CONTINUE READING