Substance use by adolescents is a significant public health issue and is associated with both acute and long-term health problems. In this webinar, you’ll learn which developmental factors make adolescents and young adults vulnerable to substance use disorders and how to speak with them about their substance use. Dr. Wilson shares techniques for substance use screening and having impactful conversations with clients or patients who do report using substances. With these new skills, you can look forward to approaching potentially difficult discussions with increased confidence.
Deanna Wilson, MD, MPH, is interested in research that includes reducing substance use-related health disparities, with an emphasis on opioid use disorders in adolescent and adult populations. Her work includes integrating harm reduction into primary care settings, developing low threshold models of care to improve engagement and retention of vulnerable populations, and improving resilience and coping using mindfulness as a strategy to mitigate chronic pain. She graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and is now at the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics.