As prescription opioid and heroin abuse rise, the need for health professionals to talk about substance use with their patients is that much more critical.

Alcohol harm included in CDC’s Injury  Prevention Report 

The CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control updated its Prevention Status Reports on February 29, 2016, which ranks the biggest public health issues in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

According to the reports, the 10 most important public health problems and concerns are (listed alphabetically):

Alcohol-related harms

Food safety

Healthcare-associated infections

Heart disease and stroke


Motor vehicle injury

Nutrition, physical activity and obesity

Prescription drug overdose

Teen pregnancy

Tobacco use

Alcohol and drug use contributes to many emergency department visits and hospital admissions. SBIRT take the approach of earlier intervention for risky alcohol or drug use. Research shows that SBIRT helps prevent readmissions and can lead to decreased risk of injury and healthcare costs.

View CDC’s full Prevention Status Reports for Colorado here.