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Research Visiting Professor Grand Rounds: Adolescent Substance Use: Secondary Prevention


By Sharon Levy, MD, MPH , Director, Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program, Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Explain why adolescents are at increased risk of both substance use and substance use disorders. 2. Describe a brief intervention to address adolescent substance use that can be accomplished in pediatric primary care. 3. Name at least three strategies for addressing adolescent substance use beyond brief intervention.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses

Identified Gap:

New and improved methods that can be used in pediatric primary care to address adolescent substance abuse.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.


Dr. Levy has indicated that she has the following affiliation/financial interest: Consultant: Expert witness for the plaintiffs in the national multisite litigation case against Juul.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Levy S. Youth and the Opioid Epidemic. Pediatrics. 2019 Feb;143(2).

Levy S. The role of addiction-medicine specialists in the global fight against addiction. Nature Medicine. 2020 Apr ;26(4):456. doi:10.1038/s41591-020-0830-7.

Richter K, Levy S.  Big Marijuana, Lessons from Big Tobacco.  New England Journal of Medicine.  2014; 371(5):399-401.