SAMHSA releases Clinical Use of Extended-Release Injectable Naltrexone in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders: A Brief Guide

Brief guide offers guidance on the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with extended-release injectable naltrexone for the treatment of an opioid use disorder. Covers patient assessment, initiating MAT, monitoring progress, and deciding when to end treatment.   The profile of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder in the United States… Read More»

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit Updated for 2014

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (2014): Are you up to date? SAMHSA is! The Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit equips communities and local governments with material to develop policies and practices to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. The Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit Addresses issues for first responders, treatment providers, and those recovering from… Read More»

Free Webinar Sept 30: Addressing Opioid Misuse and Abuse

Addressing Opioid Misuse and Abuse: ONDCP and SAMHSA Partnership To Reduce Risk of Overdose Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 12 noon–1 p.m. Eastern Time This free webinar, presented by Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Acting Director Michael Botticelli and SAMHSA Chief Medical Officer Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., will… Read More»

Ready to Stage some Change? Symposium Sept 12!

Hey IUSBIRTers! Are your ready to stage a little change? Carlo DiClemente, one of the founding fathers of the Stage of Change model, will be right here on campus in the IUPUI Lecture Hall 1 on September 12, 2014. Check it out! SBIRT Symposium Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to… Read More»

Docs don’t ask… but we should Ask Everyone!

More confirmation that we should all be more vigilant about asking our patients about alcohol (and other substance!) use and abuse…. From NPR: Drinking Too Much? Don’t Count On Your Doctor To Ask “Most of the people who have problems with drinking aren’t alcoholics, and having a brief chat with… Read More»

SAMHSA Releases Opiod Overdose Prevention Toolkit

SAMHSA recently released the Opiod Overdose Prevention Toolkit. The kit is free and equips communities and local governments with material to develop policies and practices to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Addresses issues for first responders, treatment providers, and those recovering from opioid overdose. This kit includes: Information for… Read More»

SBIRT Training Development Guide from SAMHSA

Provide SAMHSA’s SBIRT grantees with basic information, tools, and resources to implement an SBIRT training project. The information reflects the experiences of 17 grantees funded to develop SBIRT curricula and training projects for medical residents and allied health professionals. This guide provides general guidelines for four areas of SBIRT training… Read More»

And the deaths just keep on coming…

According to a recently released JAMA article: Drug overdose deaths have increased year over year for the last 11 years. Prescription drugs, specifically opioids, are the chief driver of these increases. 16,651 fatalities were linked to these painkillers This is one of the many reasons that We Ask Everyone! For… Read More»

IUSBIRT Featured in National Video

The Indiana Medical Resident SBIRT program is featured in a video produced by SAMHSA as a model off implementation and sustainability of training in SBIRT. The Indiana State SBIRT program was recognized in the fall of 2012 by the Indiana Public Health Foundation for its contribution to improving public health.… Read More»

Internal Medicine SBIRT OSCE

The Internal Medicine SBIRT OSCE (Observed Structure Clinical Encounter) is set for March 27, 2013.  Location of the OSCE will be the Primary Care Center 4th floor. For more information about OSCE’s at IU visit

National SBIRT Announcement – SBIRT Presentations

Presenter: Mr. Joseph Hurley, Revenue Cycle Manager Oregon Health and Sciences University Family Medicine First Presentation Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST Topic: Getting Paid for SBIRT Services in Hospital, Emergency Department, and Outpatient Hospital Practice This webinar will address practical steps to get paid… Read More»

Can a Single-Question Alcohol Screen Also Detect Drug Use?

Recent studies have validated a single-question screen* to detect unhealthy alcohol use. Researchers examined 2001–2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions data (N=43,093 adults) to determine whether this question could also identify individuals with drug use and drug use disorders (DUDs) in the following categories: any illicit drugs,… Read More»

Reading Resource

Motivational Interviewing Title: Motivational Interviewing Authors: Jennifer Hettema, Julie Steele, and William R. Miller Published In: Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Volume 1 (2005), Pages 91-111 Abstract: Motivational interviewing (MI) is a client-centered, directive therapeutic style to enhance readiness for change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence.  An evolution… Read More»


SBIRT@IUSM is now live. The site, located at, is a one-stop-shop for everything you’ve wanted to know about SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. The site, developed with support from a grant from SAMSHA, has IU and national news related to SBIRT, a web-based course introducing SBIRT,… Read More»

Groups join together to establish SBIRT in Indiana

SBIRT, a program sponsored by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services, has been established at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  The SBIRT program, Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with… Read More»

SBIRT comes to IU: IUSM Awarded Large Multiyear SAMSHA Grant

The Indiana University School of Medicine has been awarded a large scale, multiyear, SAMSHA grant to integrate Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into its medical education and clinical services. SBIRT is a state-of-the-science approach to identifying and addressing alcohol and other substance misuse and abuse in various… Read More»