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A friend is telling me it's not OK to ask the patient
"Do you use Illicit Drugs?"

What should I be asking then
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Arrow Use the word recreational

The word Illicit may sound judgmental i.e. you are judging the patient bad as he's taking something illicit.
Here's the dictionary's defintion of the word illicit:
contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention; "an illicit association with his secretary"

Therefore I suggest you use the word "Recreational"
So ask the SP
"Do you use recreational drugs?"
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