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At the forefront of a pandemic: COVID-19 through the eyes of psychotherapist at a drug treatment facility

The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions associated with it have changed people’s lives in almost all countries. However, very few realize how the lives of people with drug use disorders – who are among the most vulnerable and in need of ongoing care – have changed. On the one hand, the closure of borders during quarantine has led to a dramatic reduction in access to narcotic drugs. On the other hand, loss of income has

National Addictions Awareness Week

National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) is from November 22 to 28. Change Begins with Me is the theme for this year’s National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW). We want to present Canadians with ways they can reassess the way they think about substance use disorders and people who use drugs. Change Begins with Me builds on our 2019 NAAW campaign, Stigma Ends with Me. We want people to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, so this

Call for Team Applications, SPR Sixteenth Annual Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup

Significant advances in prevention science are often due to a team of individuals working closely together across many years. In recognition of the importance of the collaborative process to the field, the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) will sponsor a friendly competition amongst teams of early career researchers for the honor of bringing home the Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Cup is named for two of the founders and

Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

The 8th Awareness Week on Alcohol related Harm will be held from 16th to 20th November. This year’s theme is: Alcohol & Cancer The aim of the Awareness Week on Alcohol related Harm is to raise awareness among EU policymakers of the harms caused by alcohol, to increase awareness of the need to address alcohol-related harm in Europe and highlight the need to address it through an integrated approach to alcohol policy. You can find

UNODC Listen First Campaign

'Listen First' is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities. Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe. Listen First was launched in 2016 during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem. It began as

ICUDDR Course Solicitation

There is still time to submit an application to ICUDDR's course solicitation that closes on 4th December, 2020. ICUDDR and the International Society for Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) have teamed up to support a university in the development of an academic course on writing for peer review journals. This solicitation will provide support to one university from a low or middle income country with an education program in drug demand reduction, to develop an academic

Alcohol Change UK Free Webinars

Alcohol Change UK, in partnership with SMMGP and fdap, are running a series of free webinars as part of Alcohol Change UK's Safeguarding Vulnerable Drinkers' Project. Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Mental Capacity - Dr Raja Mukherjee 12th November 2pm More information Lessons from Safeguarding Adult Reviews - Professor Michael Preston-Shoot 19th November 1pm More information Alcohol, Neurobiology & Mental Capacity - Dr. Stefania Bonaccorso 26th November 2pm More information Alcohol Related Brain Damage and

Stigma Online Learning

CCSA is addressing the stigma surrounding substance use through online learning. CCSA have developed an introductory learning module as the first in a planned series of modules on the topic of stigma and substance use. These modules are developed with the needs of both the general public and professional audiences in mind. The first module, The Sting of Stigma, will introduce you to the concept of stigma, and explain why it is harmful and what

UNODC together with IKAI Conducted a Remote Training on UTC 4 “Basic Counselling for Addiction Professionals” in Indonesia

UNODC Indonesia together with the Indonesian Association of Addiction Counselors (IKAI) organised a remote training on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Basic Counseling for Addiction Professionals in September 2020. Since 2019, UNODC and IKAI have already an agreement on the training implementation using evidence-based materials to strengthen the capacities of the drug treatment workforce especially for those who already registered as IKAI’s member. After days of preparation, finally the first remote training on UTC Basic Counseling

Training of Trainers on UPC Course 2, Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Specialists

A 4 days virtual training on Universal Prevention Curriculum Course 2, “Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Specialists” from 02 to 05 November 2020 kicked off today by UNODC to add into pool of national master trainers on substance use prevention working in Pakistan, funded by INL and supported by Ministry of Narcotics Control Govt. of Paksitan and Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section UNODC HQ. This intervention focuses on building the capacity of professionals as trainers

Drug Addiction Free Africa Website

Drug Addiction Free Africa which is founded in Uganda, is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization that exists to promote Safe and Drug Abuse Free African Communities through collective impact models, evidence-based prevention interventions, Strategic Prevention Framework, and cultural competency to meet the increasing demand for prevention, treatment, and public health services in Africa. Areas of focus; education, research, community outreach, collaborations, and advocacy. Drug Addiction Free Africa leadership is happy to introduce to the world the

Online Echo Training on the Living Drug Free (Child) Curriculum in Bangladesh

Drug abuse is a tremendous menace in society with grave biological, social, financial, psychological, and security effects on the individuals, families, and the community. In the context of our country, the number of children with drug abuse is increasing day by day. To providing proper services to living drug-free the child Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has organized fifteen days long training for addiction professionals including psychologists, physiatrists, doctors, and other treatment professionals from the country’s

Lack of transparency in the disclosure of conflicts of interest in the area of alcohol, text warns

Concerned, from the scientific point of view and the formulation of public policies, with the lack of transparency in the dissemination of conflicts of interest by organizations that disseminate information in the media about alcohol use in Brazil, researchers from the City University of New York, UNIFESP and the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa published text in the September issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. They warn that omissions

UNODC Supports the Continuity of Services under COVID-19 in Côte d'Ivoire

To support the continuity of treatment and care services for drug use disorders, PTRS / GLOK32 through UBRAF funds, following a webinar on continued access to treatment held in June 2020, supported the Ministry of Health in Côte d'Ivoire with the provision of personal protective equipment to services and centers and the procurement of a sewing machine to manufacture reusable masks for a community-based organization to promote the safe and secure availability of treatment and

Registration opens for European Drugs Winter and Summer Schools 2021

The EMCDDA and the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) are pleased to open registration today for two upcoming joint events in 2021: the European Drugs Winter School (EDWS) and the European Drugs Summer School (EDSS). EDWS 1–12 March 2021 (online): Following the success of the EDSS in 2020, taught remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers have decided to deliver the first virtual EDWS in 2021. The theme of the event will be Responses

Training on Quality Assurance Framework for DDR Services in Pakistan, 26-29 October 2020

A 04 day virtual training 26-29 October 2020 on “Quality Assurance for Drug Demand Reduction Services in Pakistan” kicked off by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to support the Pakistan government in meeting global standards for drug use treatment and prevention services in Pakistan, funded by Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and supported by Ministry of Narcotics Contro (MNC), Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination (MoNHSR&C)

Training on Quality Assurance Framework for DDR Services in Pakistan, 26-29 October 2020

A 04 day virtual training 26-30 October 2020 on “Quality Assurance for Drug Demand Reduction Services in Pakistan” kicked off by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to support the Pakistan government in meeting global standards for drug use treatment and prevention services in Pakistan, funded by Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and supported by Ministry of Narcotics Contro (MNC), Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination (MoNHSR&C)

2020 Alaska Training Institute Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of the NAADAC Education and Research Foundatiom (NERF), NAADAC and the Alaska Addiction Professional Association (AAPA)are able to provide a limited number of conference scholarships to cover registration fees for those who might not otherwise be able to attend the Fifth Annual Alaska Training Institute. Scholarships only cover the registration for the two-day Fifth Annual Alaska Training Institute from November 30 - December 1, 2020. To apply for a conference

Curso Breve sobre Tabagismo para o Pediatra

Dr. João Paulo Becker Lotufo, amigo e parceiro do Freemind e ISSUP Brasil, convida você a participar do Curso Breve sobre Tabagismo para o Pediatra durante a II Jornada do Grupo de Trabalho de Álcool e Drogas da Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria. O curso conta com o apoio da Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria, Sociedade de Pediatria de São Paulo, Associação Médica Brasileira e Hospital Universitário da USP. Na abertura estará presente Dr. Edson Liberal da

European and central Asian Countries Lead the Way in Cost-effective Alcohol Policies

A new report published by the World Health Organisation presents the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – as leaders in implementing the most cost-effective policies to reduce alcohol intake and alcohol-attributable harm in the WHO European Region. The report highlights the quick direct action the region has taken to reduce the harm that alcohol can cause to

The Ministry of Health of Senegal Celebrates World Mental Health Day with the Support of UNODC and Partners

The Ministry of Health of Senegal and UNODC mark World Mental Health Day This year, World Mental Health Day was celebrated across the world on October 10th, 2020. It comes at a time when billions of people around the globe have been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic which has had unmeasurable negative effects on mental health. This is why, WHO, together with its partner organizations has called for a major increase in investment geared

Now Accepting Applications: LMIC Scholarship

We're seeking participation from individuals of low- and middle-income countries at this year's virtual Science of D&I Conference. We’ve made available scholarships to cover the registration fee for individuals who would benefit for participating. Scholarship for Low- and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) individuals to attend the Virtual 13th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. Applicants for the scholarship must come from low- and middle-income countries and who would be otherwise unable

SPR 2021 Call for NIDA International Poster Abstracts

The Program Committee of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) invites proposals for preconference workshops to be held June 1, 2021, the first day of the SPR Annual Meeting. The workshops are primarily pedagogical, with hands-on instruction and specific learning objectives. Past workshops have provided continuing education in innovative quantitative methods; assembled experts to share theoretical perspectives, research findings and real-world implementation experiences that can inform prevention programs; and presented information helpful in advocacy and/or

Physicians who are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of the use of SPA

The misuse of licit and illicit drugs is a serious public health problem that affects all countries in the world in a worrying way. It is estimated that between 2005 and 2006, approximately 200 million individuals have consumed illicit drugs, corresponding to almost 5% of the world population in the age group between 15 and 64 years. In this scenario, the most consumed drugs are: marijuana, amphetamines, opiates and cocaine. In relation to licit substances

Amigos envolvidos com drogas influenciam nossos filhos?

Você é “Maria vai com as outras”? Minha avó dizia: “Quem se mistura com os porcos, farelo come”. E temos a tradução de Salmos I que diz: “Me diga com quem andas e te direi quem és”. Rodrigo Flaire e Claudemir dos Santos, neste vídeo, querem falar sobre isso! Uma pesquisa científica, com metodologia sobre “A influência dos amigos no consumo de drogas entre adolescentes” foi desenvolvida por 2 pesquisadores da USP – Universidade de

Professores que fazem a diferença

Todo mundo se lembra de um professor que marcou a própria vida. O que o tornou inesquecível? Por que ele ficou gravado na memória? Imagino que a maior recompensa que um professor pode receber é encontrar um ex-aluno depois de muitos anos e ouvir algo do tipo: “puxa, você fez a diferença na minha vida”. Afinal de contas, não é o objetivo do professor fazer a diferença para seus alunos? Os conteúdos dados, em sua

Региональное Представительство в Центральной Азии Управления Организации Объединенных Наций по наркотикам и преступности (УНП ООН) организует региональный онлайн-тренинг для национальных экспертов оценщиков по применению разработанных УНП ООН/ВОЗ инструме

Пятидневный региональный онлайн-тренинг по повышению квалификации экспертов-оценщиков по инструментам УНП ООН/ВОЗ по обеспечению качества лечения наркозависимости начался 12 октября 2020 года. Целью тренинга является усиление институциональной поддержки для обеспечения успешного внедрения механизма обеспечения качества услуг по лечению наркозависимости УНП ООН/ВОЗ в Центральной Азии и продвижение научного подхода к качеству услуг по лечению наркозависимости и уходу за наркозависимыми. После запуска Международных стандартов лечения расстройств, вызванных употреблением наркотиков, ВОЗ /НП ООН и утверждения резолюции 59/4 Комиссией по

UNODC Indonesia Conducted a Virtual Dissemination of the Final-Results of the Feasibility Study on Newly Developed Module called UN Treatnet Family (TF)

Cannabis is the most commonly used drug among adolescents in Indonesia and at global level. Drugs and other substance use disorders are often associated with co-morbid health disorders such as anxiety, depression and disruptive behaviour disorders in adolescents. In low- and middle-income countries, adolescents with drug and other substance use disorders and their families have little or no access to effective treatment for drug use disorders. In response, the United Nations Office on Drugs and

UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia Organizes Online Regional Training for Assessors on UNODC-WHO Quality Assurance Mechanisms/Tools for Drug Use Disorder Treatment

Five-day online regional refresher training for assessors on UNODC-WHO quality assurance (QA) tools for drug dependency treatment launched on 12 October 2020. The purpose of the training is to consolidate the institutional support to ensure the successful implementation of the UNODC-WHO QA mechanism of drug treatment services in Central Asia and promote the scientific understanding of quality drug use disorder treatment and care services. For the five days, the participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan