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.
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.