Special Issue "Substance Abuse, Environment and Public Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019
Substance abuse has been a serious public health and social problem since the last century. Every year, there are reports of substance-related deaths and inflected cases with life-threatening diseases, such as HIV, and hepatitis B and C. In 2008, the World Substance Report published by the United Nations Office on Substances and Crime warned that the threat of psychotropic substances had been rising significantly in countries around the world. In particular, the problem of youth substance abuse was highly related to the increase of psychotropic substance abuse. Because of its chronic and relapse nature and high social and health cost, public concerns on the substance abuse problem are high in the global context. Unfortunately, according to the World Substance Report 2014, service provision in tackling the problem is still far behind actual demand.
Because substance abuse results in significant social costs in terms of crime, unemployment, health care, mental issues, and family problems, countries around the world have introduced numerous treatment approaches and rehabilitation services, such as residential care and intensive inpatient services, community-based outpatient and day treatments, behavioural therapy, family therapy and outreach programmes to address the needs of substance abusers. However, regardless of the types of programme employed, relapse is still highly prevalent among substance abusers even after the completion of treatment programmes. Accordingly, further research is required to investigate the etiology of substance abuse and evidence-based treatment programmes specifically targeted at substance abusers.
Against this backdrop, this Special Issue aims to reduce the social, health and economic cost of substance addiction in countries around the world. It welcomes submissions that investigate the etiology of substance abuse, including personal, social and environmental causations. It also welcomes submissions that examine and analyze substance prevention, treatment and rehabilitation models that help develop more effective substance treatment strategies and better service delivery mechanisms. We welcome contributions from the fields of public health, medicine, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, social work, law, and substance rehabilitation.Prof. T. Wing Lo
Dr. Jerf W.K. Yeung
Dr. Cherry TAM Hau-lin
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- substance abuse
- substance treatment
- substance rehabilitation
- public health