Northwell expands substance use screenings

Northwell Health is expanding its substance use screening protocol to include inpatients across 12 of its hospitals in the New York area.

The New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based health system already screens patients at 14 affiliated emergency departments and Cohen Children's Medical Center in New York City. 

Northwell launched its Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment program in 2014. Since then, the system has screened more than 300,000 patients for substance use disorder.

With the program's expansion, Northwell said it hopes to screen an additional 500,000 hospital patients in the next year.

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