The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that all primary care clinicians screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, including improper use of prescription medications. This is a major shift from their 2008 guidelines as the panel notes there is enough evidence now indicating that screening and appropriate referrals can lead to a reduction in substance use. The panel does acknowledge several challenges clinicians may face when implementing these guidelines and is accepting public input until September 9th.

Read the New York Times article:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force statement: