Free Webinar: How to Combat Pediatric and Adolescent Substance Use

Substance use disorder is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease—and it’s especially concerning when it affects young people. What may start as recreational drug use, prescription drug misuse or binge drinking can quickly turn into an addiction.

The first step to recovery is realizing that someone needs help, and typically the first line of defense is family and trusted friends. Talking to the important children in your lives about substance use and recognizing warning signs can make a significant difference.

Well Moment, a community-facing educational program from the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN), is hosting a free webinar, How to Combat Pediatric and Adolescent Substance Use, on Wednesday, May 10, 12-1 p.m. CT. The event will help parents and caretakers better understand steps and strategies to deal with this pervasive threat to the wellbeing of young people.

The webinar will feature insights from two experts, Cole Szabo from Red Oak Recovery and Anthony Yater from Vertava Health. They will focus on:

  • How to speak to children or teens about substance use
  • What to look for in identifying substance use or abuse
  • What treatment options are available for support
  • How to access that support when needed

The event is open to all; register at this link.