Substance Abuse, Definition of

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Public health has an opportunity to address the issues of substance use, abuse, and dependency across all age groups in the community since it occurs in all age groups. Substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals are acutely aware that alcohol and other drugs have a destructive impact on a person's physical, mental, and social development. Research and experience in the field of public health correlates the etiology of most criminal justice, family, and employment problems with alcohol and drug use. The role of the substance abuse professional in a public health setting is to promote the understanding and treatment of addiction as disease with sensitivity and in collaboration with other relevant community resources.

Ronald J. Zumpano