The Office of National Drug Control Policy reports that the department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services recently provided a grant of $22 million dollars to the states of New Jersey, Arizona, and Iowa to help prevention and early treatment of drug use. The grant will fund the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral Treatment Program (SBIRT), an innovative program which focuses on early detection for at-risk people. The early detection strategy includes having healthcare providers ask substance- use screening questions during appointments, and referring patients to drug-related prevention and treatment programs, if necessary. This allows drug-users who may otherwise go undetected get needed help.

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