CAGE-AID Substance Abuse Screening Tool

The CAGE-AID screening tool was adapted from the CAGE alcohol assessment tool to include questions about drug use. The target population for the CAGE-AID is both adults and adolescents and can be administered by patient interview or self-report. These tools are not used to diagnose diseases, but only to indicate whether a problem might exist. When thinking about drug use, include illegal drug use and the use of prescription drugs other than as prescribed.

For the corresponding alcohol abuse assessment, view the CAGE Alcohol Abuse Screening Tool.
C Have you ever felt the need to cut down on your drinking or drug use? Yes No
A Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use? Yes No
G Have you ever felt guilty about drinking or drug use? Yes No
E Have you ever felt you needed a drink or used drugs first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (Eye-Opener)? Yes No

Scoring: A "yes" answer to one item indicates a possible substance use disorder and a need for further testing.

Reference: Brown RL, Leonard T, Saunders LA, Papasouliotis O. The prevalence and detection of substance use disorder among inpatients ages 18 to 49: an opportunity for prevention. Preventive Medicine. 1998;27:101-110.

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