Louisiana is adding MST to drug courts. This is why
More than 30 percent of high-school students reported drinking alcohol and nearly 40 percent said they used marijuana in 2015. Using and abusing drugs as a minor has been shown to contribute to academic difficulties, mental-health problems, negative peer relationships and involvement in the juvenile-justice system. We know that adolescents and teens are hard-wired to take risks. Thus, many teens will experiment with drugs and alcohol, and will not grow to abuse these substances. But what can be done to help those who escalate from experimentation to misuse, abuse or a substance misuse disorder?