Adolescent drug use initiation and transition into other drugs

2/1/2021–According to a retrospective longitudinal examination across race/ethnicity, adolescents’ initial use of marijuana and inhalants may lead to substantial risks of using other drugs over time. It is therefore important to screen adolescent drug use comprehensively and provide early interventions to prevent an escalation to more detrimental drugs. The findings provide new evidence to support aspects of both the gateway and generalized risk drug use theories. Read