SBIRT has been endorsed by a range of national experts. The Office of National Drug Control Policy identified SBIRT as a key strategy for reducing substance use and related consequences in its 2012 National Drug Control Strategy.

Evidence is promising for SBIRT’s effectiveness with youth. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends SBIRT for substance use screening as part of routine adolescent care. The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Effective Adolescent Treatment emphasize the importance of identifying and intervening in drug use early and recommend that health care providers ask adolescents about substance use as part of routine annual medical visits.

These organizations have also endorsed SBIRT:

  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • World Health Organization