The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will release its
updated policy statement and clinical guidelines on teens
and substance use, calling for pediatricians to expand efforts to screen
and treat adolescents.
The policy statement, “Substance Use Screening, BriefIntervention, and Referral to Treatment,” along with the accompanying clinical
guidelines, will be published in the July 2016 Pediatrics (online
The AAP first published a policy statement and clinical
guidelines in 2011 that introduced substance use screening, brief
intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) concepts and terminology.
The revised policy statement emphasizes the enormous public health impact of
teen substance use, and urges continued research into the most effective
The AAP advocates for preventing and curtailing adolescent
substance use as well as working to ensure that access to and services for mental
health and substance
use disorder treatments are comparable to those meeting general adolescent
and adult health care needs.