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Many substance abusers have multiple medical and mental health problems that could benefit from a closer linking of care providers, according to an article published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Researcher Jeffrey H. Samet, M.D., and colleagues from the Boston University and Brown University Schools of Medicine write that it is not uncommon to encounter patients with comorbid heroin and alcohol problems, depression, HIV infection and hepatitis C. Yet such patients often encounter difficulty in getting all of their problems treated.
It is quite common, they say, for medical practitioners to neglect substance abuse and mental health problems, while substance treatment programs do not treat depression or medical illness.
Collaboration among the separate systems of substance …