Dr. PeterChrisOkpala holds doctorate degree in Health Sciences with Concentration in Global Health at the A.T. Still University in August of 2010. The program prepared him well in the development of training programs as well as career and health oriented workshop and seminars. His doctorate research paper has been published in the Journal of Applied Medical Sciences. He has published other medical research papers/articles in the Journal of Applied Medical Sciences and International Journal of Health Research and Innovation. Moreover, his previous learning in his Masters' degrees in Health Care Administration with concentration in leadership and Public Health with concentration in Environmental Health helped him gain an outstanding evaluation in various organizational and leadership trainings he facilitated and co-developed for undergraduate students and interns.
Comprehensive research on peer-reviewed sources and articles will be carried out to come up with informed conclusions on the topic of discussion. Some of the areas that will be covered in the paper include the risk factors for substance abuse, the most commonly used drugs among the youths, the signs of teen substance abuse, and prevention and treatment methods that could be implemented to deal with the problem. In addition, the reasons behind drug abuse among the youths and the negative physical, mental and social consequences and side effects of substance abuse will be discussed. Ways of seeking help for the teens involved as well as the rehabilitation programs available to aid in recovery for the addicts will also be examined in detail.