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Addictions are challenging health and social problems that need to be addressed to preserve and promote good mental health and ensure that individuals within society lead healthy and productive lives. Tackling addictions is complex and requires communities, public health, specialist services, and local and national government to act in unison and implement evidence-based interventions. This editorial raises systemic issues that need attention and proposes a range of systemic options.

Original publication

DOI

10.1192/bjp.2019.158

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date

12/2019

Volume

215

Pages

702 - 703

Keywords

Addiction, drugs of dependence disorders, opiate disorders, policy, substance use disorders, Community Mental Health Services, Evidence-Based Medicine, Health Policy, Humans, Substance-Related Disorders, United Kingdom