Global Health Observatory (GHO)

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.

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Health services

1.7 bedsper 100 000 population are available for the treatment of alcohol and drug use disorders

Beds for the treatment of alcohol and drug use disorders

Pharmacological treatment

30%of countries have methadone and buprenorphine available for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence

Availability of opioid agonist pharmacotherapy for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence

Prevention

9%of countries have routine screening and brief interventions for alcohol use and alcohol use disorders in primary health care

Implementation 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


The financial support from the Valencian Autonomous Government, Spain, for the development of the Global Information System on Resources for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders is gratefully acknowledged.

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