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Editor's Note
December 2015

Distinguishing Between Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder

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Copyright 2015 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(12):1999. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.6616

McNeely and Saitz1 are correct that the field of drug use and screening would benefit from clarity in terminology. However, in practice, it can be very challenging to distinguish between substance use and a substance use disorder.

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