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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 10:28 PM

U.S. health panel recommends doctors screen all adults for illicit drug use

Source: Washington Post

U.S. health panel recommends doctors screen all adults for illicit drug use

By Lenny Bernstein August 13 at 7:25 PM

An influential group of health experts recommended Tuesday that doctors screen all adults for use of illegal drugs, another step toward curbing the epidemic that claims tens of thousands of lives each year.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that health providers should attempt to determine whether their patients 18 or older are using illicit drugs, including nonmedical use of prescription drugs. But the panel said it did not have enough information to decide whether all adolescents should be screened.

The recommendation is the first time the panel has concluded there is enough evidence to support screening all adults. In 2008, it declined to do so.

The guidance is important because the Affordable Care Act requires that services recommended by the task force be covered free or with very small co-payments. The proposed recommendations are open for public comment until Sept. 9, after which the task force will consider them for final approval.

The panel concluded screening is effective when “services for accurate diagnosis of unhealthy drug use or drug use disorders, effective treatment, and appropriate care can be offered or referred.”

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 10:44 PM

1. WTF?

This is a democracy?

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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:05 PM

2. Can't see how this will foster trust, or encourage regular preventive care . . .

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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:26 PM

3. So just properly fund the...

“effective treatment and appropriate care“ and let people self-report when they decide they are ready.

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