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Substance abuse disorders treatment in El Salvador: analysis of policy-making-related failure. Subst Use Misuse 2012 Nov-Dec;47(13-14):1546-51 PMID: 23186469 PMCID: PMC5028135

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Illicit drug use and substance abuse disorders have increased dramatically in developing countries during recent decades. Sadly, treatment for people diagnosed as manifesting and/or attributed with substance abuse disorders in developing countries is usually inadequate to meet demand, not evidence based, and of poor quality. In response, international health organizations have developed best-practice guidelines for substance user treatment in developing countries, although little research has evaluated their implementation. This opinion piece will examine one such effort to improve substance user treatment in El Salvador. It will be argued that the program failed (2007-2008) because of a lack of political will by the Salvadoran government through their Ministry of Health to effectively supervise, monitor, and subsidize substance user treatment.

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Dickson-Gómez J


Julia Dickson-Gomez PhD Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Developing Countries
El Salvador
Health Policy
Quality of Health Care
Substance-Related Disorders
Treatment Failure
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