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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, World Health Organization. (2009) UNODC-WHO Joint Programme on drug dependence treatment and care. Vienna: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime & World Health Organization.

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Effective treatment and care
• Drug dependence can often be treated effectively with low-cost medications and simple psychological interventions.
• Treatment of drug dependence can be integrated into primary health care.
• Non-specialist health providers can deliver specifi c mental health interventions with appropriate training.
• For $US 1 invested in evidence-based treatment, up to $US 6 are saved in terms of costs for health, security and welfare.

The objectives
• The promotion and support worldwide (with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries) of evidence based policies, strategies and interventions that are based on a public health and human rights approach, in order to reduce drug use and the health and social burden it causes.
• The widespread recognition of drug dependence as a preventable and treatable multifactorial health disorder, and recognition of the social advantages of investing in treatment, such as lowering health-related costs, improving security and contributing to social cohesion and development.
• Drug dependence treatment should become a part of the mainstream health care and social welfare system, without discrimination with respect to other chronic general and mental health disorders. Nothing less than what is provided for other diseases.
• The investment in comprehensive and results-oriented programmes for drug dependence treatment and care, particularly community-based interventions, including the skill set of their human resources.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Treatment method, Harm reduction, Crime prevention, Rehabilitation/Recovery, Policy
Source
Date
2009
Pages
6 p.
Publisher
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime & World Health Organization
Corporate Creators
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, World Health Organization
Place of Publication
Vienna
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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