Together, let us resolve to end the discrimination and poverty that perpetuate this harmful practice. And let us help those who are already married to lead more fulfilling lives. All members of society will benefit when we let girls be girls, not brides. In many societies, marriage is a celebrated institution signifying a union between two adults and the beginning of their future together. Unfortunately, millions of girls still suffer from a vastly different marriage experience every year.
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As their children grow to pre-teens and teens, parents worry about new risks they may experience. One such risk is the use of substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs. Substance use by teens can have a big impact on their health and well-being. The American Academy of Pediatrics AAP , through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , developed a guide for implementing substance use screening in pediatric practices to help pediatricians address substance use concerns.