Introduction Between April 2007 and March 2009 in the BEACH (Bettering
the Evaluation and Care of Health) program, drug abuse
was managed 770 times, at a rate of 0.4 per 100 encounters,
suggesting it is managed by general practitioners about
436 000 times per year nationally. This article focuses on illicit
drugs such as heroin and marijuana, and includes substances
such as glue. Alcohol, tobacco and medicines are not included.
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