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Little evidence that primary care providers stop child and teen drug use, US task force says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 13 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2115
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

There is little evidence that interventions by primary care providers can prevent or reduce drug use in children and adolescents under age 18, a systematic review by the US Preventive Services Task Force has found.1

It has been estimated that 1 in 10 adolescents uses illicit, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs for non-medical purposes—misuse that …

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