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NIDAMED substance misuse resources

Safe prescribing

Now is the time to discuss substance misuse with your patients

The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers tools and resources to help prevent and treat substance use disorder in adolescents and adults.

In the past year, 8.4% of Americans over age 12 have suffered from a substance use disorder, according to a survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

People often begin to abuse drugs, such as tobacco and alcohol, during their teen and young adult years, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Reaching out to adolescents about substance use early could help them prevent developing a substance use disorder (SUD) later in life.

To help physicians, the AOA has partnered with NIDA on its NIDAMED project, which provides tools and resources to assist DOs with caring for their patients.

Tips to prevent substance use disorder

  • Include screening for substance use during all patient visits to help prevent and address unhealthy use before it leads to addiction.
  • Partner with your younger patients by sharing NIDA for Teens. The page shows how drugs can impact their bodies and brains through interactive tools, including games and activities.
  • Not sure how to begin the conversation with your patients? NIDAMED offers several patient resources, including online tools, booklets and fact sheets, to help them understand drug abuse and discuss treatment options if they or their loves ones suffer from substance use.

Additional resources to help address substance use disorder


The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers science-based resources for medical and health professionals on treatment, prevention, and clinical trials.

AOA CME courses
  • The AOA and the Collaborative for REMS Education offer free live CO*RE REMS CME program courses on pain management and safe opioid prescribing. Check out the schedule of upcoming programs.
  • Adolescent Substance Use and Rx Medication Misuse is a free on-demand course jointly provided by the AOA and NIDA. The two-part course aims to help medical professionals navigate confidentiality in discussions with their teen patients about substance use by offering tips and talking points for patients at all risk levels.
CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids

Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain for the latest clinical practice guidelines.

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