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Medical Education Materials for Primary Care

Medical Education Materials for Primary Care

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Medical Education Materials for Primary Care

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse developed education materials to assist practitioners in addressing substance use disorders and risky use of nicotine, alcohol and other drugs. The materials contain practical, evidence-based information for screening, diagnosis, brief interventions, assessment and treatment. They were developed by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse for use by medical students, primary care resident physicians and primary care physicians. These materials are appropriate for classroom sessions or self-directed learning by a range of healthcare providers.

Overview of addiction medicine for primary care provider tools

These materials provide an overview of the major elements required for effectively addressing addiction, substance use and abuse within the primary care setting.

  • Slide set for download (PDF)
  • Supplement (slide-by-slide background information, case studies and references) for download (PDF)
  • Handout (1-page): clinical management algorithm for download (PDF)
  • Handout (1-page): printable version of billing and reimbursement codes for download (PDF)

Overview of brief intervention for risky substance use in primary care

These materials provide an overview of the major elements required for effectively addressing addiction, substance use and abuse within the primary care setting.

Overview of medications to treat addiction in primary care

These materials provide information on prescribing details for FDA-approved medications used to treat addiction in primary care.

  • Slide set for download (PDF)
  • Quick reference (2-page): FDA-approved medications for download (PDF)

Critical Prevention and Treatment Services  

A list of the critical services proven by research to effectively prevent risky substance use and treat and manage addiction.

ASAM Standards of Care

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has developed treatment standards for physicians who manage or oversee the care of patients with addiction. Download the document.

16% (40 million) of the U.S. population age 12 and older meet clinical criteria for a substance use disorder involving nicotine, alcohol or other drugs.

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