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01 November 2011

Regular addiction screenings for teens

Doctors should be asking adolescents about their drug and alcohol use at every visit and screening for any signs of dependence or addiction.

Doctors should be asking adolescents about their drug and alcohol use at every visit and screening for any signs of dependence or addiction, the American Academy of Paediatrics said  in a new policy statement.

But the AAP believes a clear, step-by-step guide of how to ask about and address alcohol and drug use would be helpful because studies showed many doctors were not asking the important questions.

 
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