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Substance abuse atlas highlights gaps in provision of care

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 05 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

The World Health Organization has launched the first global report on the amount countries spend on treating disorders related to alcohol and illicit drug use.

Shekhar Saxena, WHO director of mental health and substance abuse, said, “Alcohol and illicit drugs are harming millions of people in many ways, from becoming dependent on such substances to causing a range of other health problems, such as injuries, cardiovascular diseases, HIV and hepatitis C or cancers.”

WHO’s new ATLAS on Substance Abuse outlines what resources exist in different parts …

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