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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity are associated with mental illness and treatment of the mental illness can reduce the effects of these disorders. Up to 83 percent of people with serious mental illness are overweight or obese and 44 percent of the US tobacco market is comprised of individuals with a mental or substance use disorder. All too often after overcoming an addiction or mental illness people with these disorders suffer from premature morbidity and mortality as a result of poor diet, lack of exercise and primary prevention services. SAMHSA has committed to aligning all available resources to support improved outreach and provision of comprehensive health care to people with mental and substance use disorders.

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