SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment
According to a report on June 20, 2013, CADCA stated that:
- By age 8, more than 37 percent of kids have sipped alcohol
- By age 11, more than half of kids have sipped or tasted alcohol
- By age 12, 66 percent of kids have tried alcohol.
Unfortunately, this behavior often goes unaddressed until a crisis occurs. The alcohol abuse of youth goes on until there is an incident to warrant punishment or intervention. Therefore, early intervention for young drinkers is essential. Such early intervention is available in the form of SBIRT, or Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment.
According to SAMHSA, SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk for developing these disorders. Primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.
- Screening allows practitioners to quickly assess the severity of substance use and identify the appropriate level of treatment.
- Brief Intervention focuses on creating insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
- Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.
SBIRT is brief (about 5-10 minutes for brief interventions and treatments), the screening is universal and it takes place in public health non-substance abuse treatment settings. Strong research supports the SBIRT model’s effectiveness in reducing risky alcohol consumption.
The Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris is happy to offer the first SBIRT training in Morris County to Morris County Student Assistance Coordinators on November 14, 2013 at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy. This training is the first step to ensuring that Morris County youth receive early intervention for their alcohol use.
The CCSHM Prescription Drug Drop Off Box is a safe and easy to use community drug collection device! Law enforcement agencies can collect over the counter, and other unused house hold meds with the Prescription Drug Drop Box. Click Here to find locations near you!
Saint Clare’s, in collaboration with the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, and the New Jersey Office Of the Attorney General-Division of Consumer Affairs, provided “BAD MEDICINE: Deadly Chemistry” at Saint Clare’s Denville Campus during Physician Grand Rounds on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
The goal of the event is to help physicians: identify practice improvement by educating practitioners about the current prescription drug abuse problem and diversion methods throughout the state; and foster an understanding of the New Jersey Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (NJPMP) as a best-practice tool. The presentation was followed by physician sign-ups with NJPMP.
Detective Sergeant Philip DiGavero, Sergeant in charge of the Morris County Evidence Unit overseeing the Rx Drop Box collections for the Community Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Morris, reports that the MC Sheriff’s Department has collected 1,180 pills from the permanent Morris County Drug Collection units in the months of July and August.
What is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month?
In 2011, President Obama issued the first-ever Presidential Proclamation designating October as National
Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This tradition will continue in 2013, as parents, youth, schools,
businesses, and community leaders across the country join in this month long observance of the role that
substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.
Why Do We Recognize National Substance Abuse Prevention Month?
Every day, far too many Americans are hurt by alcohol and drug abuse. From diminished achievement in our schools, to greater risks on our roads and in our communities, to the heartache of lives cut tragically short, the consequences of substance abuse are profound. Yet, we also know that they are preventable. This month, we pay tribute to all those working to prevent substance abuse in our communities, and rededicate ourselves to building a safer, drug-free American.