Users of the Drug Abuse Screening training system are health practitioners or students who will likely encounter a similar scenario in the course of their careers. Through a simulated conversation with Phil, users can ask questions about his drug use in order to determine whether or not Phil is at risk for drug abuse or dependency. While discussing potential drug use, the users practice conversational strategies to become comfortable determining whether or not Phil abuses drugs. Phil is different in every conversation, varying in mood, risk level, and type of drugs used, keeping the interaction interesting after numerous plays.
It is the user's job to correctly identify whether Phil has never used, has had prior experimental use, current experimental use, is currently abusing, or is dependent on drugs, specifically methamphetamine. Users also discuss tough topics, such as his consequences of using drugs. This training system aids in increasing comfort levels with difficult conversation topics, especially health matters affected by drug abuse. Users receive real-time support and feedback from an on-screen coach and post-conversation feedback based on accuracy of diagnosis. After playing this training system, users will be able to approach these difficult topics with their patients, allowing them to bring this experience to the real world.