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What screening tools are available for identifying drug and alcohol abuse/addiction?

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By John Hawes | Last updated: July 31, 2019

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a bureau within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). They are responsible for improving the quality and availability of rehabilitation and treatment along with reducing the costs to society related to substance abuse and mental illness.

An organization's Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) carries out a screening process to determine if a problem with substance abuse is present and then performs an assessment to define the problem and assign a diagnosis.

SAMHSA suggests relevant screening tools for each area of mental illness as well as tools specific to substance abuse. The latter can be used by SAPs to determine whether substance abuse is applicable to an employee.

Screening tools that have been recommended by SAMHSA to identify drug and alcohol abuse/addiction and can be used in the workplace include:

Additional drug screening tools are available for use in the workplace, outside those recommended by SAMHSA. These include:

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John Hawes is the CCO and co-founder at SureHire Occupational Health Testing. John graduated in 2001 from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy. As a former physical therapist, John uses his knowledge of physical therapy and interest in ergonomics and biomechanics to devise fit for work testing.

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