David Tran MPP/MD (2014), is the lead author of a new study indicating that online social networking sights may trigger relapse in adolescents in substance abuse treatment programs.
The study, which was presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting this May suggests that a majority of the youth who were surveyed for the study reported exposure to online “drug cues” and that even during treatment those same cues made them want to use drugs, according an story in MedScape. Tran’s research also showed, that among youth receiving treatment for drug addiction, 90 percent reported using a number of popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
On the positive side, Tran said that the study suggests an opportunity to use online social media for the purposes of intervention and mitigation of online risks through information and social networking.
Read the Daily Bruin story.
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