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Pan American Health Organization Regional plan of action on psychoactive substance use and public health (2011)

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In 2010, the 50th Directing Council adopted a regional public health strategy to
respond to the health problems associated with the use of psychoactive substances in the
Americas (Document CD50/18, Rev. 1) (1). The strategy with a public health approach
focused on prevention, early intervention, treatment, rehabilitation, social reintegration,
health systems management and reduction of adverse consequences of substance use
comprises five strategic objectives: (a) development of national policies and resource
allocation; (b) promotion of universal prevention; (c) early intervention, care and
treatment systems; (d) research, monitoring, and evaluation; and (e) development of
strategic partnerships. This document presents a regional plan of action for the
implementation of the strategy over the next 10 years.


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