Providing care for an alcohol or drug abuser

The possibilities offered for detection of abuse problems and referral to therapy in association with visits to primary care should be utilized. In cases of overdosing, the patient is followed up and treated. Information and other services regarding injection and sexual hygiene should be made available to those drug users who are otherwise not within the reach of health care services, without requiring them to stop abuse or seek help as a condition to receiving help.Acute state of intoxication should not be a cause to refuse the patient appropriate services and treatment.