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NICE Guidance to reduce substance misuse

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a public health intervention guidance aimed at reducing substance misuse among vulnerable young people.

The document recommends a range of interventions for NHS and non-NHS practitioners including those working in local authorities and the education, voluntary, community, social care, youth and criminal justice sectors.

For NHS primary care practitioners the recommendations mainly focus upon identification of individuals who are at risk of misusing substances and onward referral to appropriate services including education welfare services, children's trusts, child and adolescent mental health services and school drug advisers.

Action: Clinicians should ensure they are aware of their locally available services and referral criteria to access these services. Individuals who are identified as being at high risk of substance misuse should be referred into an appropriate service.

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