The United States has invested substantially in screening and brief intervention for illicit drug use and prescription drug misuse, based in part on evidence of efficacy for unhealthy alcohol use. However, it is not a recommended universal preventive service in primary care, according to background information in an article published in JAMA by Richard Saitz, MD, of the Boston University School of Public Health, and colleagues .
Brief interventions ineffective for reducing unhealthy drug use
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