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Addaction, Youngminds. Aynsley, Agnes and Bradley, Rick and Buchanan, Linssay and Burrows, Naomi and Bush, Marc . (2017) Childhood adversity, substance misuse and young people’s mental health. London: Addaction. 16 p.

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Substance misuse is just one form of risk-taking behaviour, and can be a sign that young people are dealing with adversity, trauma, and/or experimenting with their identities. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are events that have a traumatic and lasting effect on the mental health of young people.

Children who experience four or more adversities, are twice as likely to binge drink, and eleven times more likely to go on to use crack cocaine or heroin


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