Amuleru-Marshall, Omowale        

Substance Use Disorders: A Public Health Perspective for the Caribbean
Abstract: This presentation will review certain fundamental features of professional public health, including its multi-disciplinary, prospective and promotive orientation, and its harm-reduction mission.  It will highlight alcohol and tobacco as the agents (drugs) with the greatest public health threat, especially in the context of chronic, non-communicable diseases, and their complications; which overwhelm many Caribbean healthcare systems.  The adoption of an integrative, interdisciplinary and multifocal psychological practice is recommended as part of our distinctly Caribbean approach.

Session #  024, Invited Talk