The formative years: pathways to substance abuse among girls and young women ages 8-22

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National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
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New York, NY

Examines the reasons why girls and young women use - or don’t use - tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, and certain prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes. Seeks to identify characteristics of girls and young women who abuse substances and when they are at highest risk of doing so. Assesses the impact of such use - including the likelihood that experimentation will become addiction - on girls and young women.