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Drug Policy
  • No availability of programmes that diverts clients away from criminal justice towards treatment
Treatment Services
  • No government unit responsible for treatment services for substance use disorder alone. Rather, SUD is incorporated into that which oversees mental health provision. Treatment is thus integrated with mental health care.
  • No annual budget line for SUD treatment services
  • Drug and alcohol treatment services largely funded by social health insurance
  • Mental health services are those which are most often used by people with drug and/or alcohol disorders
  • No substitution maintenance therapy for opioid dependence. However it is available for alcohol withdrawal
  • Impatient/outpatient detoxification provisions for drug and alcohol use
Prevention Services
  • Government unit responsible for prevention of drug use disorders
  • Prevention initiatives largely funded by Federal Government
  • Prevention services available via mass media channels, school-based programmes and community-based programmes
  • No needle exchange programme