Primary care physicians can tap into a new free service to help them address patients' substance abuse. The Physician Clinical Support System for Primary Care, a project of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, is offering peer-to-peer consultations and resources about screening and follow-up care for patients.
The service is an extension of a NIDA initiative that provides tools and resources to help health care professionals screen their adult patients for substance use. Such tools include NIDA's Quick Screen, an online interactive single-question screening that asks about alcohol, tobacco, prescription drug, and illegal drug use. If a patient indicates use of illegal drugs or prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons, the clinician can conduct NIDA's full screening tool for the specific drugs abused.
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