Adult Addiction = childhood onset disease

 
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More than 90% of people with a substance problem began smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18 - Click on Image to read more at the Center for Addiction

More than 90% of people with a substance problem began smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18 - Click on Image to read more at the Center for Addiction

Read the attached commentary entitled Reducing Further Rates of Adult Addiction Must Begin with Youth Prevention by Dr. Robert Dupont of the Institute of Behavior and Health for a additional data and understanding.  

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Dr. Dupont has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment for 50 years. He was the first Director of the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA and the second White House Drug Chief. Throughout his career, Dr. DuPont has written over 400 professional articles for publication and 15 books and monographs.  He is a distinguished member of countless organizations trying to reduce drug abuse, i.e. American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). With degrees from Emory and Harvard, Dr. DuPont also maintains an active practice of psychiatry specializing in addiction and anxiety disorders and has been a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980.