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)

SBIRT UPDATES

Powdered alcohol approval was an error
NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon. A product called “Palcohol” gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Al. […]

Independent Pharmacies Seek Greater Role in Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse
As the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) gears up for another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26, the group representing independent pharmacists says its members are eager to hel. […]

HHS leaders call for expanded use of medications to combat opioid overdose epidemic
A national response to the epidemic of prescription opioid overdose deaths was outlined in the New England Journal of Medicine by leaders of agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. […]

Funded wholly or in part by the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Fund (CFDA #93.959) as a project of the
NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.