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USPSTF recommends screening adult patients for illegal drug use

The US Preventive Services Task Force released a draft recommendation urging health care providers to attempt to screen all of their patients ages 18 and older for illegal drug use, including nonmedical use of prescription drugs, but the panel said it has insufficient information to decide whether all adolescents should be screened. The panel reminded providers that screening tools are not designed to diagnose addiction and other drug use disorders; therefore, patients who test positive may "need to be offered or referred for diagnostic assessment."

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