Adolescent-onset substance use disorders predict young adult mortality

J Adolesc Health. 2008 Jun;42(6):637-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2007.11.147. Epub 2008 Mar 6.


This study determined whether adolescent-onset substance use disorders (SUDs) prospectively predicted early mortality. Among 870 adolescents, 21 young adulthood deaths were observed. Adolescent SUDs, as well as gender, ethnic group, hazardous substance use, and drug trafficking, predicted these deaths. Among African American males with SUDs, 23% died by age 25.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • Cause of Death
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Substance-Related Disorders / mortality*
  • United States / epidemiology