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Editor's Note
December 2015

Distinguishing Between Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder

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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McNeely  J, Saitz  R.  Appropriate screening for substance use vs disorder.  JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(12):1997-1998.Google Scholar