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National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

ASSIST is designed to be used in primary health care settings where hazardous and harmful substance use among clients may go undetected,or become worse. The ASSIST (version 3.1)is an 8 item questionnaire designed to be administered by a health worker to a client using paper and pencil,and takes about 5-10 minutes to administer. The ASSIST was designed to be culturally neutral and useable across a variety of cultures to screen for use of tobacco products,alcohol,cannabis,cocaine,amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS),sedatives and sleeping pills (benzodiazepines),hallucinogens,inhalants,opioids,and 'other'drugs.

Measure Subject
Addiction and Substance Use Disorders
Required Reading Level

exact age at which it is
appropriate to commence regular screening
for substance use will vary depending on local
prevalence and patterns of use

Qualifications required for staff to administer the tool?


Cost of materials