Substance abuse is a pervasive and pernicious health problem among the public and our patients. You can help!
Be vigilant. Look for signs of risk, misuse and abuse, and help you patients reduce their risk.
Such vigilance is not only important when we are supporting our patients through detox or through craving reduction and relapse prevention, but equally so when we are prescribing potentially abusable pharmaceuticals to patients who may have no known history of substance misuse and abuse.