ABDALLAH SHUAIB: Substance abuse has become a burden

They are a major public health problem when left untreated

In Summary

• The burden of substance use disorders in sub-Saharan Africa has been projected to increase by an estimated 130 per cent by 2050.

• Despite this, substance use disorder treatment and prevention systems in the region remain under-resourced and the treatment gap at 87 per cent.

Worldwide 76.3 million persons are diagnosed with alcohol disorders. 

At least 15.3 million persons are affected by disorders related to drug use, between 5 and 10 million people currently ...

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