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[Drug consumptions by the young adolescents: epidemiological data.]

Abstract : Adolescence is often the time of experimentation with psychoactive substances, sometimes leading to more regular use. This paper gives an update of drug consumptions by the young adolescents, from results of recent general population surveys in France, and focuses on the specificity of this consumption when compared to that of older adolescents. It shows that regular uses of such substances usually do not start before the age of 14, but that early initiated adolescents show a higher risk of moving towards more intensive or problematic uses. Through presenting the limitations of such surveys, the authors discuss the nature of the link observed between early experimentation and level of use: while acknowledging the unquestionable prognostic value of early initiation to predict future problematic use, they show that its interpretation should be made with caution when based on such transversal epidemiological surveys. double dagger.
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  • HAL Id : inserm-00202701, version 1
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François Beck, Emmanuelle Godeau, Stéphane Legleye, Stanislas Spilka. [Drug consumptions by the young adolescents: epidemiological data.]. médecine/sciences, EDP Sciences, 2007, 23 (12), pp.1162-1168. ⟨inserm-00202701⟩



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