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USPSTF: Evidence Insufficient to Recommend Behavioral Interventions to Prevent, Reduce Drug Use in Kids — Physician’s First Watch

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March 11, 2014

USPSTF: Evidence Insufficient to Recommend Behavioral Interventions to Prevent, Reduce Drug Use in Kids

By Amy Orciari Herman

There's not enough evidence to weigh the benefits and risks of primary-care-based behavioral interventions for preventing or reducing illicit drug use among children and adolescents, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concludes in an "I" statement published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The statement applies only to youth who have not been diagnosed with a substance use disorder. In addition, the task force notes the statement does not pertain to screening for drug use, as such screening "may identify some who meet criteria for a substance use disorder and for whom treatment is available." In 2008, the task force said there was not enough evidence to make a recommendation for or against screening for drug use.

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