SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days


Drug usage is strongly associated with significant social and psychological problems for youth, including juvenile justice system involvement. Research shows that approximately 4.5 million youth, ages 12-17, have used an illicit drug in the past year. Youth drug usage is related to juvenile justice system involvement. In fact, substance abuse is a top eight risk factor for juvenile offending and reoffending. Once youth are involved within the judicial system, the correctional system must then assume the responsibility of intervening in the youth cycle of drugs and delinquent behavior. Unfortunately, research shows that substance use treatment is available only sporadically for system-involved youth, and at times, is not integrated within the youth’s other treatment needs. This poster outlines the prevalence of substance misuse for youth as well as system involvement. Additionally, this research will highlight solutions for reducing system issues.

Faculty Advisor

April Terry


Criminal Justice

Submission Type

in-person poster




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Juvenile Law Commons