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The Global Movement Towards a Public Health Approach To Substance Use Disorders

Developed by Ukraine ITTC

Published on 8/4/2022

Johnson, K., Melgar, M.I.E., Agwogie, M.O., Salazar Silva, F.

Key Messages

  1. While the primary approach to addressing drug use has focussed resources on law enforcement for over 100 years, many countries are adopting elements of a public health approach including prevention and treatment of the harms of drug use including substance use disorders.

  2. There is a growing global movement to make policy towards drugs and drug users more humane and evidence-based.

  3. Donor nation resources can be applied in a variety of combinations to improve care and outcomes for people who use drugs in low- and middle-income countries.