Resources for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
The global burden of disease attributable to alcohol and illicit drug use amounts to 5.4% of the total burden of disease. Effective interventions and strategies exist to prevent and treat substance use disorders. The Global Information System on Resources for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders maps and monitors health system resources at the country level to respond to the health problems due to substance use. Data from 147 countries (88% of the world population), collected in 2008, show that the main location for treatment of substance use disorders is the specialist substance abuse system, followed by the mental health system, the general health system, and primary care.
1.7 bedsper 100 000 population are available for the treatment of alcohol and drug use disordersBeds for the treatment of alcohol and drug use disorders
30%of countries have methadone and buprenorphine available for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependenceAvailability of opioid agonist pharmacotherapy for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence
9%of countries have routine screening and brief interventions for alcohol use and alcohol use disorders in primary health careImplementation of screening and brief interventions for substance use and substance use disorders in primary health care
MORE DATA PRODUCTS ON RESOURCES FOR THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
- Atlas on substance use (ATLAS-SU) report
- Country profiles
- Management of Substance Abuse web pages
- Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH)
The financial support from the Valencian Autonomous Government, Spain, for the developement of the Global Information System on Resources for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders is gratefully acknowledged.