To the Editor.
—Perhaps the most significant opportunity to have a positive impact on health outcomes and care utilization lies in the recognition of the intimate connection between alcohol and drug abuse and a host of medical conditions. The recent article by Dr Gentilello and colleagues1 identifies the prevalence of alcohol involvement in one patient population while highlighting the opportunity and the benefits of intervention.The Health Care Intervention Services program of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, referenced in the article, is demonstrating the efficacy of an early intervention effort with a range of acute care patients. The Health Care Intervention Services program, which uses a structured approach, is now operating in 18 hospitals (not 11 as cited in the article) across the state. Our evaluation indicates that during the 6 years of operation, over 10 000 patients have entered treatment as a result
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