(April 23, 2020) Mackavey, Carole, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-C; Kearney, Kelly DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC. Substance use disorder: Screening adolescents in primary care. The Nurse Practitioner (April 1, 2020) doi:10.1097/01.NPR.0000660340.58708.34. Publish Ahead of Print.
Adolescence is a time for experimentation, leading to impulsive decision-making and risky behavior resulting in harm. Many primary care clinicians lack training in managing positive substance use screens. Screening adolescent patients in primary care can help identify, prevent, and treat substance use disorder.