Health in a Social Context: Understanding and Addressing Food Insecurity among People Addicted to Harmful Substances
Harmful drugs destroy lives and communities, undermine sustainable human development and generate crime. They affect all sectors of society in all countries; in particular, drug abuse affects the freedom and development of young people, the world's most valuable asset. Harmful drugs are a grave threat to the health and well-being of all mankind, the independence of States, democracy, the stability of nations, the structure of all societies, and the dignity and hope of millions of people and their families (United Nations, 1998). They are a primary cause of illness, death, crime and violence, poverty, police action and imprisonment, property confiscation, and massive allocations of public resources. Harmful drug use is a social issue that generates considerable public concern and attention. In many respects, it is an issue that is a benchmark of the ability of nations to ameliorate problems in a sustainable manner.
Unlike malnutrition that characterizes many developing countries, food insecurity does not endanger life. It affects, however, daily functioning as well as the social, physical, and psychological well being of individuals and families who experience the problem. Food insecurity tends to be higher among those people who are drug addicts, homeless, and unemployed among others. This presentation and discussion will introduce the global problem of addiction and present the issue in terms of a case example of food insecurity among drug addicts. The presentation will address the problem in terms of its importance as part of a sustainable element of treatment intervention that has health, economic and community development implications. Also, practical interventions and policy issues will be presented that may contribute to the promotion of well being and quality of life among people, and community affected by drug use.
Keywords: drug addiction, food security, community sustainability
Prof. Roni Kaufman
lecturer, Spitzer Department of Social Work, Ben Gurion University
Prof. Isralowitz Richard
Director, Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resources Center, Ben Gurion University., Spitzer Department of Social Work, Ben Gurion University
Prof. Jack Kirkland
Associate Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University
universities for forty years. He has served at the top level of State
Government as Director of Transportation for Missouri, and has taught,
worked and consulted in Social and Economic Development
Dr. Borkin Sofia
M.D., responsible for a Russian language web site designed to promote quality health care among immigrants and prevent drug addiction., Spitzer Department of Socail Work, Ben Gurion University