A Rapid Teen Substance Use Screening Tool for Clinicians

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (07/22) – “In the past year, on how many days have you used alcohol?…smoked cigarettes or used other tobacco products?…used marijuana?” The answers to these questions can help a busy health care provider flag a teen’s problematic use of these substances, say NIDA-supported researchers. The three questions are part of the Brief Screener for Tobacco, Alcohol, and other Drugs (BSTAD). In a recent study, BSTAD developers Dr. Sharon Kelly and colleagues at the Friends Research Institute (FRI) in Baltimore examined the frequencies of use at which a teen is likely to qualify for a diagnosis of an alcohol use disorder (AUD), nicotine use disorder (NUD), or cannabis use disorder (CUD). The frequencies turned out to be surprisingly low. Read more

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