Education And Support
The College of Family Physicians has released this message:
Physicians and Primary care is an ideal setting for the long-term management of substance use disorders. Family physicians can provide ongoing advice and medication-assisted treatment for addiction while also addressing their patients' other primary care concerns. Despite compelling evidence for family physician involvement with the management of substance use disorders, FPs do not consistently screen for alcohol or drug problems, counsel their addicted patients, or refer patients to formal treatment. A strong and growing body of evidence indicates that these interventions are effective, easily learned, and practical in a primary care setting. The attached manual provides a brief overview for family physicians on effectively screening, treating, and providing long-term management to their patients with substance use disorders."