Division of Developmental Medicine
Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research
Substance abuse is America's number one health problem. The economic impact is staggering; the human toll is incalculable. Among adolescents, substance abuse is associated with the three leading causes of death - motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional injuries, homicides and suicides.
The Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) at Boston Children's Hospital and its associated clinical program, the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), were created as a national center committed to reducing substance abuse and related disorders in children and adolescents. With a multidisciplinary approach that brings together pediatricians, psychiatrists, social workers, data and measurement experts, and research coordinators, CeASAR strives to be the leading source of new discoveries in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance related disorders in children and adolescents. Staff members participate in a variety of research projects regarding adolescent substance abuse, and eligible patients from primary care collaborating clinics in New England AND ASAP are invited to participate in a variety of ongoing trials.