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CD50/18, Rev. 1 (Eng.) Strategy on Substance Use and Public Health

PAHO WHO Resources WHO Regional Strategies and Action Plans 9 September 2010 Resolution public health, substance use

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This document proposes a regional public health strategy to respond to the health problems associated with the use of psychoactive substances in the Americas. A public health approach to substance use disorders focuses on prevention, early intervention, reduction of adverse consequences of substance use, treatment, rehabilitation, social reintegration, and health systems management. This approach has the goal of promoting the health and social well-being of individuals, families, and communities. It also takes into account the epidemiology of substance use in populations in which it is both epidemic and endemic.

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