• Opioid Use and SBIRT in Colorado

    Apr 07
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    On an average day, 3,900 people initiate nonmedical use of prescription opioids in the US and 580 initiate heroin use, with the numbers growing at an alarming rate. SBIRT Colorado screened for opioid use in emergency and primary care sites and found that more patients screened positive in emergency care settings.  In emergency care, 5.9% […]

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  • Undetected Older Adult Substance Misuse

    Mar 15
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    Older adult substance misuse often goes undetected. As the proportion of individuals over 65 in the US population is growing, and rates of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug use are increasing in this age group, it is critical that more be done to identify substance misuse and abuse in older adult populations. SBIRT Colorado examined […]

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  • Readiness to Change

    Feb 24
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    Understanding where individuals are in the change process is key to providing effective brief interventions. Patients screened through SBIRT Colorado are less ready to change cannabis than alcohol use. Furthermore, patients who used alcohol were more ready than confident that they could change whereas patients who used cannabis were more confident than ready. Patient age, […]

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  • Alcohol and Cannabis Screening Results in Young Adults

    Jan 24
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    In primary care, 27% of young adults screened through SBIRT Colorado were misusing alcohol and/or cannabis, and this percentage jumped to 64% when young adults were screened in emergency care. Young adults of legal age (21 to 25) were more severe users of alcohol than underage young adults (18 to 20), and among young adults […]

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  • AMERSA 2016

    Nov 18

    The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) held its 40th conference on November 3-5, 2016 in Washington DC. One of AMERSA’s key goals is to improve education and clinical practice in the identification and management of substance-related problems by promoting leadership, mentorship and collaboration among multiple healthcare professions including, but not limited […]

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  • Keep MI Tools on Hand to Guide Brief Interventions

    Oct 27

    Keep Motivational Interviewing (MI) Tools on Hand to Guide Brief Interventions – October 27, 2016 SBIRT Colorado recently completed its 3-pocket card series for health care professionals to utilize as reference guides when applying motivational interviewing skills during a brief intervention. These materials can now be easily seen from your phone by using the mobile-friendly versions: SBIRT Pocket […]

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  • Technology Guided SBIRT

    Aug 17

    8/17/16 Technology Guided SBIRT by Kevin Glibert,Ph.D. with HeartSmartKids We have all heard the refrain that anything can be improved with technology. As any veteran of current medical computing knows, this point of view can be frustrating and often wrong. But a recent partnership between SBIRT Colorado and HeartSmartKids is showing technology’s potential when used in […]

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  • Substance Use and Suicide Risk

    Jul 13
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    Substance Use and Suicide Risk Submitted by Sarah Brummett, M.A., J.D., Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator, Violence and Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion Branch, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Suicide is a complex and highly personal issue. Misperceptions and fear cloud the issue and give rise to a damaging stigma for those living with mental […]

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  • Enable the conversations that make a difference

    May 03
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    Have a conversation. Change a life. Practice Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT skills online. Probably everyone would agree that a) there is not enough time to address everything that matters in health care, and b) good quality health care empowers patients to make changes to improve health and wellness. One more thing we would probably agree […]

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  • National Alcohol Screening Day: April 7th

    Apr 05

    Since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month in April. The month of April is also a time to recognize another important component in addressing alcohol dependence, alcohol screening. Sponsored by the Screening For Mental Health, National Alcohol Screening Day is held each year on the Thursday […]

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