Policy and practice briefings: Vulnerable young people


Many young people experiment with drugs but only a minority become dependent on drugs in young adulthood. Those who are most vulnerable to drug dependence are socially disadvantaged young people and those having family members and peers who use drugs. Individual factors, such as poor impulse control, also increase vulnerability, as does the use of substances at an early age.
This policy and practice briefing provides an overview of the key issues, response options, evidence and implications for policy and practice.

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