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Substance Use and Need for Treatment Among Youths Who Have Been in Foster Care

Youths from substance-abusing families frequently have serious emotional and behavioral problems, including a tendency to choose risky behavior, such as alcohol or other drug use. Substance abuse is a factor in at least three quarters of all foster care placements, and recent studies indicate high rates of lifetime substance use and substance use disorders for youths in the foster care system.

Substance Use and Need for Treatment Among Youths Who Have Been in Foster Care

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