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8 Things a Primary Care Doctor Should Know About Working with People with Substance Use Disorders

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Your ongoing relationship with your patient makes you the ideal person to monitor substance use and refer to specialty treatment as needed

8 Things Your PCP Should Know About SUDs

The latest issue of The Bridge, an e-publication of the National Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, focused a very meaningful topic for us at IRETA: how can we get folks to actually do SBIRT?

Sure, Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment is quite a mouthful to say, but the idea itself is simple–and good.  If we can discuss substance use and associated risks before substance use disorders and other harms occur, we can improve public health.

Paul Roman, Editor of The Bridge, says it so well here:

“We wanted to assure that our discussion was close ‘to where the rubber meets the road.’  In other words, hardly anyone would oppose the implementation of SBIRT, and most would agree that it’s a good idea that…

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