2021.03.12 | Adolescent Substance Use

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | March 12, 2021 | Sharon Levy, MD, MPH

Neurobiological effects of substance use in adolescents, as well as the treatment options for the most common substances used


Register HERE | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | March 12, 2021| 1 contact hour or 1 CME

Addiction is a disorder with its onset in adolescence; indeed, more than 90% of patients with addiction started using substances before their 18th birthday.  There is a neuro-developmental explanation – normal brain development makes teenagers both vulnerable to initiating substance use and also more likely to develop a substance use disorder compared to adults. This presentation will focus on the neurobiological effects of substance use in adolescents, as well as the treatment options for the most common substances used (Alcohol, THC, Nicotine, Opioids).

You will be able to:

At the conclusion of this educational program, learners will be able to:

  1. Explain what parts of the brain develops during adolescence and how that relates to substance use initiation;
  2. Explain why adolescents are more vulnerable to developing substance use disorders than adults;
  3. Describe outcomes that are associated with cannabis use during adolescence
  4. Name the receptor in the human central nervous system that nicotine binds to

About the Presenter

Sharon Levy, MD, MPH Dr. Levy is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Addiction Medicine specialist, Director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.  Read more

Contact hour A completed evaluation is required to receive a contact hour for the following:

1 Continuing Medical Education This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and (CCSME). The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians

1 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.

1 contact hour for CHES/MCHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Certificate of attendance for 1 contact hour for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.

1 prevention contact hour from Maine Prevention Certification Board: This conference has been pre-approved by the Maine Prevention Certification Board and meets the requirements for Prevention Specialist Certification in Maine.

1 contact hour pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.






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