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Screening, Assessment, and Drug Testing Resources

Revised November 2014

Chart of Evidence-Based Screening Tools for Adults and Adolescents

NIDA Drug Use Screening Tool Support Materials

Quick Screen: For All Patients

Quick Screen Question - "In the past year, how many times have you used alcohol, tobacco products, prescription medication for nonmedical reasons, or illegal drugs?"

What to do next if your patient...

  • Had one or more days of heavy drinking in the past year, see "Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician's Guide" for information to help assess, advise, and assist at-risk drinkers or patients with alcohol use disorders.
  • Used any tobacco products in the past year, advise them to quit. For more information on smoking cessation, please see "Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide for Clinicians."
  • Used illegal drugs or prescription medications for nonmedical reasons one or more times in the past year, give them a full screen. Use the NIDA-Modified ASSIST (NM ASSIST) or another validated screening tool.
  • Did not use in the past year, reinforce patient's behavior and offer continuing support.
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Clinician's Resource Guide

This guide supplements the NIDA Drug Use Screening Tool by providing more detailed instructions to clinicians on how to use the tool, discuss screening results, offer brief interventions, and make necessary referrals. It also includes information on conducting biological specimen screening and locating substance abuse treatment facilities.

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Quick Reference Guide

This guide provides an abbreviated version of NIDA’s Drug Use Screening tool and instructions on its use.


This page was last updated November 2014

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