oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Substance and drug abuse in South Africa : professional practice



Extracted from text ... SA PHARMACIST'S ASSISTANT ? may / june 2005 4 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Substance and drug abuse in South Africa Monique Meyer and Porcha Viljoen Substance and drug abuse is a major health problem that exerts a heavy toll on our society in terms of economic costs and human suffering. There is an unwillingness to recognise the distinction between the concept of illicit drug use and the realities of hard-core abuse. Addictive behaviour involves a wide range of substances. It includes abuse of or dependencies on nicotine, banned or illegal drugs, psychoactive medications and alcohol. Why do people take drugs? Since antiquity, ..


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