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Brief Explores Alcohol and Drug Screening Approach

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions has developed an issue brief on SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) for primary-care and behavioral health professionals. SBIRT is a simple screening process to help identify, reduce and prevent problematic use, abuse and dependence on drugs and alcohol. It can be used in a variety of health care settings, including community health centers and hospitals. Cost-benefit analyses show SBIRT can lower health care costs, severity of drug and alcohol use, risk of trauma and the percentage of at-risk patients who go without specialized substance-use treatment. The issue brief provides an overview of SBIRT’s benefits, core components and opportunities for implementation in health care settings now available through the Affordable Care Act. The brief and more information on SBIRT are available at www.integration.samhsa.gov/clinical-practice/sbirt.

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