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GP drugs advice

GPs should screen vulnerable and disadvantaged young people for substance misuse, NICE guidance recommends.

The institute advises that NHS staff working with young people should screen the under-25s to identify those who are misusing or are at risk of misusing legal and illegal substances, including alcohol.

Once identified young people should be helped to access support groups and they and their parents offered psychotherapy, the document said

Professor Mark Bellis, director of the NICE collaborating centre for drug prevention, told Pulse some areas would have to increase provision of services to successfully implement the guideline.

And he insisted GPs played a key role in its delivery.'There's a role for GPs, nurses and other people in practices. Just saying "don't use drugs" won't do the trick.'

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