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NIDA Launches Screening Tools
Psychiatric News
Volume 44 Number 10 page 3-3

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has unveiled its first comprehensive Physicians' Outreach Initiative, NIDAMED, which gives medical professionals tools and resources to screen their patients for tobacco, alcohol, illicit, and nonmedical prescription drug use. The resources include an online screening tool, a companion quick-reference guide, and a comprehensive resource guide for clinicians. The initiative stresses the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in identifying unhealthy behaviors before they evolve into life threatening conditions.

NIDAMED was launched in conjunction with NIDA's recently updated Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment: A Research Based Guide. This publication summarizes the 13 evidence-based principles of effective treatment, answers common questions, and describes types of treatment, providing examples of scientifically based and tested treatment components.

More information on all NIDAMED products and the guide is posted at<www.drugabuse.gov/nidamed>.

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