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NIDA Provides Resources to Help Clinicians Better Address Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has developed NIDAMED, an online portfolio of resources to help clinicians better address drug abuse in their patients. The portfolio includes the NIDA Drug Use Screening Tool, with both a one-question quick screen and a full screening test; information guides on brief intervention and referral to treatment; and two new continuing medical education courses developed by NIDA and Medscape Education. NIDAMED also includes patient materials and a variety of curriculum resources designed for medical students, residents and faculty. In a 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 3.1 million individuals ages 12 or older reported using an illicit drug for the first time within the previous 12 months, which averaged approximately 8,500 initiates per day. In addition, 6.1 million individuals in this age group reported the nonmedical use of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the previous month.