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close this bookResponding to Drug and Alcohol Problems in the Community (WHO, 1991, 109 p.)
close this folder6. Strengthening links between the health sector and law enforcement personnel
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View the documentPrevention: the role of the primary health care worker
View the documentLaw enforcement agencies
View the documentNegotiation and shared objectives
View the documentExamples of cooperation with law enforcement agencies
View the documentGathering information
View the documentPlanning and working together
View the documentMaintaining cooperation
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In many countries, primary health care personnel are actively engaged in health promotion within their community, but this work often does not cover drug and alcohol problems. Even when there is a community action plan for the prevention of drug- and alcohol-related problems, the law enforcement agencies tend not to participate fully. This chapter explains why the cooperation of law enforcement agencies is needed and how it can be achieved.