An Update on Adolescent Drug Use

What School Counselors Need to Know

Published in: Professional School Counseling, v. 10, no. 2, Dec. 2006, p. 131-138

Posted on on January 01, 2006

by Katherine E. Watkins, Phyllis L. Ellickson, Mary E. Vaiana, Scott Hiromoto

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School counselors need to have accurate and age-appropriate prevention education information in order to counsel teens on drug use. This article presents developmentally specific prevention materials for the most important emerging substances of abuse: Ecstasy, methamphetamine, cough and cold medication, prescription opiates and stimulants, and the date rape drugs. Because developing appropriate materials requires understanding how adolescents develop, an expert panel approach was used, supplemented with a literature review and teen focus groups.

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