Item #: 042016-3
While substance use generally begins during the adolescent years, there are known biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that contribute to the risk that begin accumulating as early as the prenatal period. This creates opportunities to intervene very early in an individual’s life and thereby prevent substance use disorders—and, along with them, a range of other related behavioral problems—long before they would normally manifest themselves.
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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