Strategy addressing use of psychoactive substances is approved

Aprobaron estrategia para enfrentar el uso abusivo de sustancias psicoactivasThe Health Ministers of the Americas endorsed the Strategy over the use of psychoactive substances and public health promoted by PAHO’s 50th Directing Council, in order to address the problem of drug use and to create devices that reduce gaps the treatment.

The representatives of the countries recognized that substance-related problems are the result of an interaction between health and social determinants, and to address the problems of drug use it is necessary to increase social protection, sustainable development and access to quality health care.

They also pledged to promote universal and equitable access to healthcare for the treatment of disorders due to substance use and an early intervention for the entire population, by strengthening services using a primary health care approach and through integrated service delivery networks and other models that do not rely on residential hospitals

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