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Drug abuse and risky sex targeted in teen health drive

The Guardian

The health secretary today launched a new initiative to improve care for adolescents, amid concern that substance abuse, risky sexual behaviour and mental health problems are blighting their lives.

Alan Johnson launched the Adolescent Health Project after research showed young people’s health has improved the least of any age group in the past 40 years.

Smoking, drinking, drug use, risky sexual behaviour and poor mental health often start in adolescence – and can have a permanent impact on their health. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma are also on the rise among teenagers.

You can find out more about the Adolescent Health Project here and see the e-learning site here.

Looking at it quickly it seems to have been developed with health professionals in mind, rather than being something for the whole children’s workforce.

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