Adolescence is a time of uncertainty, when young people are establishing their independence and discovering their place in the world. Because of the challenges posed by the cognitive and developmental changes that mark adolescence, treatment for adolescent substance use requires a distinctive approach. Understanding the role of the pediatrician in linking children and adolescents to clinical and behavioral health treatment, partnering with families, and linking to public health systems can play a meaningful role in supporting overdose prevention.

Join us for the next Web Forum in the National Overdose Prevention Network (NOPN) Meet the Partner series for a live discussion with Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program for Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor in Pediatrics for Harvard Medical School. We will speak with Dr. Levy about how adolescent clinical services, research, and training reduce and prevent substance use disorders and related behaviors in children and adolescents.


Sharon Levy, MD, MPH

Director, Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program

Boston Children’s Hospital

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School,

Sharon Levy, MD, MPH is a board certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is the Director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, which is comprised of clinical, research, training and policy…

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Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH

Sr. Vice President Emeritus, External Relations and Preventive Medicine

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

  • Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, is PHI's Senior Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor and the Director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice. A long-standing voice for the public's health, Nevarez is responsible for developing relationships with health and public health organizations and interests, advocating for…

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