Cuba to hosts international event on addictions
The First International Meeting on Rehabilitation of Addictive Disorders will be held in Holguin city from June 26 to 30, as part of the activities for the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
José Carlos Puentez, head of the Marketing, Communication and Protocol Department of the Cuban Medical Services Company, told ACN that the main topic of the event is the rehabilitation of addictive disorders.
Based in Cocal Quinqué International Therapeutic Community for the Rehabilitation of Addicts, in this eastern territory, the forum constitutes a high commitment to the challenges of mental health, to contribute to the development and effectiveness in the assistance of this problem, which every day grows and destroys more people.
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was established by the UN General Assembly on June 26, 1987 to strengthen actions that counteract this global problem, helping to generate a world commitment against this threat which endangers millions of people.
According to the UN Information Center, drug abuse is one of the 20 major health risk factors in the world, and is also in the top 10 in developed countries.
The problems caused by drug use are associated with the increasing risk of other diseases such as HIV / AIDS, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, suicide, death by overdose and cardiovascular diseases, the same source said. (ACN)