Two years ago, Dr. Volkow visited Seattle to speak at the annual SAMA Foundation luncheon. While she was here, this 5-minute video about drugs and the adolescent brain was made. In the video she states that the brain is not fully developed until people are in their early twenties. Since the brain is still developing during adolescent years, teenagers are especially vulnerable if they use drugs.
Dr. Volkow's Portland lecture is part of the 2012 Brain Awareness Series hosted by the Oregon Health and Science University.