Special Issue "Polysubstance Use among Adolescents and Young Adults: Effects on Brain, Behavior and Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Adolescents".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 1821
Interests: substance use; neurocognition; stress; personality; behavior; adolescents; young adults
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Polysubstance use is prevalent among adolescents and young adults. In particular, alcohol, cannabis, and nicotine are the most commonly used substances by youth, which necessitates an understanding of the effects of their co-use and simultaneous use on brain structure, function, cognition, and health. Many studies have focused on the use of single substances on the brain, neurocognitive functioning, and health, but these studies may be less generalizable to the actual use characteristics of adolescents and young adults who more often engage in the use of multiple substances. Importantly, it is critical to understand whether the combination of different substances (e.g., alcohol and cannabis, cannabis and nicotine) has distinct effects on adolescents and young adults than the use of individual substances. The purpose of this Special Issue is to bring attention to recent research that has focused on the effects of alcohol, cannabis, nicotine, and other substance co-use on brain, behavior, and health outcomes, in an effort to better understand the effects of polysubstance use during a period of development characterized by protracted brain maturation. Papers on any combination of substance co-use are welcome, particularly original research articles, narrative reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses that address this topic.
Dr. Anita Cservenka
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- substance use
- young adulthood
- mental health