(From the November 2018 Issue of MedStat)
Incidences of drug overdose are continuing to climb. In the United States from August 2016 to August 2017, there were more than 67,000 deaths due to drug overdose. Between 1999 and 2016 almost 57,000 adolescents and young adults (ages 15-25 years) have died from a drug overdose. Almost 4 million 12-25 year olds have a substance abuse problem in the United States, but only 9 percent get any sort of treatment.
Because virtually all addictions start during adolescence, Nationwide Children’s Adolescent Medicine Substance Abuse Program is designed to help adolescents who are abusing a full range of substances. Our multidisciplinary team of adolescent medicine and substance abuse experts include physicians, nurses, social workers and a substance abuse counselor.
Our team conducts a formal substance abuse assessment and medical exam and determines the appropriate treatment plan as well as the best place for that treatment. Located on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital campus, Adolescent Medicine is able to care for the whole patient including basic medical care and mental health issues. Our team works in a partnership with the referring primary care physician, or we can take over all of the medical care if that is what is desired.
To make referral, call (614) 355-8614 or visit NationwideChildrens.org/Adolescent-Medicine.