A new study has revealed that a brief screening-and-intervention protocol that has proven to be effective for alcohol abuse does not work quite well when applied to illicit drug use, according to report by Medical Xpress.
Illicit drug use continues despite brief counselling
The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health and School of Medicine, discovered that two well established brief counselling interventions did not stem the continued use of marijuana, cocaine, or opioids among their participants that made up of 528 adult primary care patients with drug use problems, whom the researchers divided into three groups.
Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association or JAMA, the study focused on giving each member of the first two groups a different type of brief counselling, while giving the third group none. The researchers then discovered that after six months, the participants who received brief counselling weren’t faring any better that those who didn’t get any.
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