New Drug, Alcohol & Smoking Screening Tool for Physicians / Other Clinicians

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) today announced availability of a NIDA-Modified Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test or ASSIST). This Web-based interactive tool guides clinicians through a short series of screening questions and, based on the patient’s responses, generates a substance involvement score that suggests the level of intervention needed. The tool also provides links to resources for conducting a brief intervention and treatment referral, if warranted. (Note: NIDA recommends reading the ASSIST Resource Guide before using the screening tool with patients.) Also available:
  • Online Screening Tool
  • Print Version of Screening Tool (PDF format, 312 Kb)
  • Screening Tool Quick Reference Guide —This abbreviated guide provides a “snapshot” of the online screening tool and serves as a handy resource for clinicians when they are away from their computers. Designed to fit in a coat pocket, this guide provides an abbreviated version of the tool and instructions on its use.
  • Quick Reference Guide (PDF format, 94 Kb)
  • Clinician’s Resource Guide —This online resource guide supplements the NIDA- Modified ASSIST and provides more detailed instructions to clinicians on how to use the screening tool, discuss screening results, offer brief interventions, and make necessary referrals. The guide also includes information on how to conduct biological specimen screening, access training materials, and locate substance abuse treatment.
  • Online Resource Guide
  • Screening for Drug Use in General Medical Settings: A Resource Guide for Providers (PDF format, 596 Kb)
  • Patient Postcard — A complement to the physician screening materials, this patient-tested postcard is designed to encourage patients to discuss any and all drug use with their doctors to help ensure proper medical care. Physicians are encouraged to place the postcards in their waiting rooms.View/download this and other postcards.