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Substance use problems and addiction

 

Adolescents who have experienced abuse, neglect and abuse have a clearly increased risk of developing substance abuse problems in adulthood.

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Many people believe that a drug addict has chosen this life himself, but it is not that simple. There is usually a reason behind these problems. 

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20 years ago, Icelandic youth were among the most intoxicated in Europe. Today they have the lowest adolescent substanc use of all European countries. So, what has Iceland done to bring about this incredible change?  

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Addiction can seem incomprehensible. Sverre Nesvåg, research leader at the Regional Competence Center for Drug Research (KORFOR), helps us understand why some people use drugs as a universal tool in life.

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