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MEDINA-MORA, María Elena; REAL, Tania; VILLATORO, Jorge  and  NATERA, Guillermina. Drugs and public health: where are we heading to?. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2013, vol.55, n.1, pp.67-73. ISSN 0036-3634.

This paper describes a plan for the attention of addictions from a public health perspective; it defines strengths of this perspective and its limitations to face the special challenges that the problem represents for social policies; adopts a wider perspective that includes the integration of health and social issues in measuring policy results having as a main aim the benefit of the person and of the communities with a perspective of the populations well being. It describes the challenge the country faces as producer, route of traffic and rates of consumption, analyzes briefly the evidence of public policies and makes a series of recommendations.

Keywords : substance abuse; prevention and control; treatment; public health; public policies.

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