Video of the Week: Substance Abuse Increases

Roughly 8.7% of Americans aged 12 years or older used illicit drugs in 2009. That’s up 0.7% from 2008, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The rise was largely driven by an increase in marijuana use.

Our Naseem Miller had the chance to talk with Dr. Westley Clark, director of SAMHSA‘s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment about the findings of the survey and how physicians can help stop the rise.

Physicans “can make sure that they screen for alcohol use and other drug use,” said Dr. Clark. In particular, he recommended becoming familiar with available screening tools, such as those that can be found at NIDAMed.

You can read Naseem’s story here.  Be sure to check out Internal Medicine News for the latest medical videos, updates and in-depth analysis.

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