Dr. Roxanne Dryden-Edwards is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a former Chair of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities for the American Psychiatric Association, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Medical Director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
A number of different prevention approaches have been found to be effective in decreasing the risk of drug abuse and addiction. Simple lifestyle changes, like increased physical activity and using other stress reduction techniques, are thought to help prevent
drug abuse and
dependence in teens. More formal programs have also been
found to be helpful. For example, the Raising Healthy Children program, which
includes interventions for teachers, parents, and students, has been found to
help prevent substance abuse and addiction in elementary school children when
the program goes on for 18 months or more. The prevalence of easier access to
technology has led to the development of computer-based prevention programs.
Such programs have been found to be very promising in how they compare to more
traditional prevention programs, as well as how many more people can be reached
Where can people get help for drug abuse or addiction?
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