Practical challenges and stigma must be overcome for such an effort to succeed, but success could yield a blueprint for future care.
Substance Use Disorder
Better health outcomes hinge on positive social support for young adults with SUD, but uninformed family members can unintentionally cause harm.
The lack of developmentally appropriate addiction treatment services and the trauma of spending time in adult prisons make it harder for young people to overcome substance use disorders.
Experts underline that early intervention and tailored services are necessary to prevent lifelong harm for this vulnerable age group.
Providers can create more entry points to treatment and ultimately save lives by offering youth-centered harm reduction services in clinical settings.