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Tackle substance misuse in young people early, says NICE

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 29 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:657
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    New standards to help prevent vulnerable children and young people from getting involved in substance misuse are being launched for clinicians and non-clinicians alike.

    Standards from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) call for anyone who works with young people to identify those who are vulnerable to drug problems and to intervene at the earliest opportunity.

    NICE wants to help young people before they start using drugs or before they get into more serious problems if they are already misusing substances.

    The guidance gives advice on stepping in and helping young people access appropriate support …

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