ISSUP plays a unique role within the substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support fields by providing a focal point for information and access to professional development opportunities.

Its establishment has only been possible, and its role and sustainability will only be possible, through the collaboration and support provided by the major international agencies working in the drugs field. In particular, ISSUP had been able to implement its activities in consultation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the African Union.  These organisations have now become International Observers to ISSUPs Board of Directors.

Other major regional and national country agencies have also played a significant role in supporting the establishment of ISSUP. These include the European Drug Monitoring Centre (EMCDDA), the Canadian Centre of Drug Abuse (CCSA), the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) and Applied Prevention Science International (APSI).

Fundamental to ISSUP’s establishment and development have been the Colombo Plan and its Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) who have been the originator and major funder of the initiative.

The following provides a brief introduction to each of these organisations.

International Observers

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)

INL works to keep Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. INL helps countries deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police,…
read more

African Union

The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena.” This vision of a new,…
read more

Colombo Plan

The history of the Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific, one of the oldest regional inter-governmental organizations dates far back as 1950, when…
read more

Organization of American States (OAS)

The Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889…
read more

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in addressing…
read more

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO began when its Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date celebrated every year as World Health Day. It has more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional…
read more



ADDICTOLOGY is a peer-reviewed international professional journal that publishes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scientific studies on psychoactive substance use, behavioural addictions,…
read more


Adfam is the only national charity tackling the effects of alcohol, drug use, or gambling on family members and friends. We improve life for thousands of people. We want anyone affected by someone…
read more

Applied Prevention Science International (APSI)

Applied Prevention Science International (APSI) was formed to assist national and international policy makers and practitioners to apply prevention science to address substance use and other…
read more

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

CADCA is a non-government organization that is a Community-Based, Advocacy-Focused, Data-Driven, Coalition-Building, A…
read more

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs on society.

For more than…
read more

Cooperation Programme between Latin America, Caribbean and the European Union on Drugs Policies (COPOLAD)

COPOLAD (Cooperation Programme between Latin America, Caribbean and the European Union on Drugs Policies) is a partnership cooperation programme aiming to improve the coherence, balance and impact…
read more

Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF)

Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. is a drug prevention and policy organization committed to developing strategies and educational programs that prevent drug use and promote sustained recovery.…
read more

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) was established in 1993. Inaugurated in Lisbon in 1995, it is one of the EU’s decentralised agencies. The EMCDDA exists to…
read more

European Prevention Standards Partnership

The European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) and supporting materials were developed by the EU Prevention Standards Partnership, a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral collaboration of…
read more

European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR)

The European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) will advance the science base of environmental, universal, selective and indicated prevention aimed at improving human health and well-being…
read more

The Global Centre for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC)

Establishing and increasing professionalism in the fields of substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery support is similar to other health fields of practice. It requires standards,…
read more

The International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR)

The International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) was established in 2016 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation in March, 2018. The goal of ICUDDR is to…
read more

International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM)

 The International Society of Addiction Medicine, ISAM, is an international fellowship of physicians founded in 1998 and committed to the advancement of knowledge about Addiction Medicine through…
read more

International Technology Transfer Center Network (ITTC Network)

The International Technology Transfer Center (ITTC) Network for Drug Demand Reduction develops and strengthens the workforce, organizations, and systems that provide substance use prevention,…
read more

National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care…
read more

National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE)

Headquartered in Florida in the United States, the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) is a not-for-profit board dedicated to providing quality training, certification, and advocacy for…
read more

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA is the lead federal agency supporting scientific research on drug use and addiction. Our mission is to advance science on drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve…
read more

Society for Prevention Research (SPR)

The Society for Prevention Research is an organization dedicated to advancing scientific investigation on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health, and academic problems…
read more

Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC)

The VNGOC provides a link between NGOs and the Vienna-based bodies involved in setting drug policy:

  • the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • the UN Commission on…
    read more