Teenage patient describes pain to doctor

Why is SBIRT Important?

  • Unhealthy and unsafe alcohol and drug use are major preventable public health problems resulting in more than 100,000 deaths each year.
  • Hazardous alcohol and substance use increase risk for:
    • Injury/trauma
    • Criminal justice involvement
    • Social problems
    • Mental health consequences (ex: anxiety, depression)
    • Increased absences and accidents in the workplace
  • Effects of unhealthy and unsafe alcohol and drug use have far-reaching implications for the individual, family, workplace, community, and the healthcare system.
  • Unhealthy use can complicate chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases or mental health disorders.
  • Early intervention saves lives and supports overall wellness.