Two Versions of Brief Intervention for Drug Use: No Better Than Usual Care In Facilitating Treatment Receipt

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence is a free online newsletter summarizing the latest clinically relevant research on alcohol, illicit drugs, and health. Through summaries of important alcohol and other drug research published in peer-reviewed journals, downloadable teaching presentations, free CME credit for physicians, and feature articles on substance use research ethics, the newsletter provides valuable information to improve clinical teaching, practice, and research. The newsletter also includes dedicated sections on prescription drugs and pain as well as HIV/HCV as they relate to alcohol and other drug use.

This piece summarizes the mounting evidence which suggests that screening, brief intervention, and referral-to-treatment (SBIRT) alone is ineffective in reducing drug use in primary care - but it is unknown whether the referral-to-treatment (RT) component might increase receipt of formal addiction treatment.

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