Strategies for Early Identification in Adoloescent Substance Abuse

This webinar is a recording of a CME event originally held at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona on October 22nd. The course has been designed with the purpose to develop, maintain and increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance of pediatric healthcare professionals by providing them with the highest quality, most relevant and accessible educational experiences possible.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • State the demographics of Arizona alcohol and substance use and abuse
  • Recognize at least three early signs of alcohol and substance use, especially prescription drugs.
  • Identify the impact of adolescent cognitive development on decision-making involving risk behavior including alcohol and substance abuse
  • Describe at least two communication skills necessary in interacting early, middle and late adolescents
  • Advise parents and adolescents on substance use and treatment.
Speaker Information

Anthony Dekker, DO – Acting Director, Office of Health Programs, Phoenix Area Office, Indian Health Services
Barb Iversen, MC – Consultant/Certified Adolescent Health Trainer
Jason Hutchings, CADAC – Intake Coordinator, Pathway Drug Abuse Program

*Please note that there is no fee for this online training. This has been developed by the Arizona Collaborative on Adolescent Health, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics-AZ Foundation, through unrestricted educational grants provided by the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP Chapter Adolescent Health Education Award sponsored by the AAP Adolescent Health Partnership Project)
  • Magellan Health Services
If you have any questions you can contact AzAAP via email at or by phone at 602-532-0137.


This section will take approximately 120 minutes to complete. Please print the handouts to use while viewing the presentation. These will be available to print when you reach the page where the presentation is posted.

After viewing the presentation a certificate of completion will be available to print following completion of the post-evaluation.

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