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Is Drug Abuse a Legal or Public Health1

Is Drug Abuse a Legal or Public Health1

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Is drug abuse a legal or publichealth issue?
Ryan Kieltyka
 
Defining Drug Abuse and Drug Addiction
Drug Abuse (WHO)
“…the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances,including alcohol and illicit drugs” 
 
Drug Addiction (NIDA)
Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that 
causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those
around him or her.” 
 
NOTE: These terms are not synonymous!
 
The Impact of Drug Policy on Drug Abuse
“Policies which influence the levels and patterns
of substance use and related harm
cansignificantly reduce the public health problems
attributable to substance use, and 
interventionsat the health care system level can work towards the restoration of health
in affected 
individuals” 
 

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