SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. Primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.

SBIRT is broadly recommended by multiple federal agencies, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and all of the primary care physician groups. In fact, the National Commission on Prevention Priorities ranked SBIRT among its top five priorities, ahead of 20 other effective services including colorectal cancer screening, hypertension screening and treatment, and influenza immunization. (Solberg et al 2008)

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Alcohol, energy drink mix tied to urge to drink: study
Mixing alcohol and energy drinks increases the urge to drink more than drinking alcohol alone, according to a new study from Australia. Read more here.

NIAAA Alcohol Alert: Measuring the Burden of Alcohol
Alcohol has been part of human culture for all of recorded history, and for most of that history people have understood its potential to harm both the person imbibing and the greater society. But meas. […]

Dr. Antonello Bonci Q & A: Lighting Up the Brain To Shut Down Cocaine Seeking
Dr. Antonello Bonci, Scientific Director of NIDA’s Intramural Research Program (IRP), talks about switching off animals’ compulsive cocaine seeking by optogenetically activating the prefrontal cor. […]

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NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.