Grants awarded for youth substance abuse screening

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Health care providers across New Hampshire will use a nearly $630,000 grant to implement a new program to screen youth and young adults for substance abuse.

The funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will allow recipients to expand use of a proven screening program for patients between the ages of 12 to 22, with the goal of stopping substance misuse before it starts. Officials say there currently is no standard protocol for medical professionals in New Hampshire to screen teens or adults who may be at risk for substance abuse disorders, but the new program will incorporate specific questions into routine medical visits.

The program will start at five hospitals, primary care clinics and community health centers, with five to seven additional sites expected to join later.

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