New Webinar Series: Mental Health & COVID-19

The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, and United for Global Mental Health are launching a series of weekly webinars designed to provide policymakers and the wider health community with the latest evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and how to address it. The webinars will provide practical solutions to the challenging issues we are all grappling with. Participants will be encouraged to join from around the world, including those with lived

Coronavirus - Folleto de directrices de la comunidad terapéutica

Mediante Decreto No 10.282 de 2 de marzo de 2020, en los artículos I y II de Art. 3, las actividades y servicios realizados por las Comunidades Terapéuticas se consideran esenciales y, por lo tanto, es importante guiar la prevención del coronavirus y aclarar cómo deben acogerse con beneplácito los dependientes químicos en estas instituciones. Pensando en ello, la Secretaría Nacional de Atención y Prevención de Drogas - SENAPRED, en colaboración con el Ministerio de

Alcohol Sales Banned in Greenland

For many young people, home is not a place of safety. As countries introduce lockdown measures, it is important that the wellbeing of young people is protected. In a move to reduce potential violence against children during coronavirus confinement, the sale of alcohol has been banned in the capital of Greenland, Nuuk. The alcohol ban came into force on Saturday and is scheduled to last until 15 April.

National Doctors' Day

On March 30th each year, National Doctors Day honours the professionals for their dedication and contributions to society and the community. Now more than ever, it is vital that we put our hands together to show appreciation to the tireless work of physicians working on the front line to save peoples lives. To all those working long hours on the front line, we thank you!

Serie de Aprendizaje de Telesalud

La Red del Centro de Transferencia de Tecnología de Adicciones (ATTC, por sus) por sus servicios, el Centro de Excelencia en Información Sanitaria Protegida (CoE-PHI), el Consorcio Nacional de Centros de Recursos de Telesalud y el Centro para la Aplicación de Tecnologías de Abuso de Sustancias (CASAT) en la Universidad de Nevada - Reno (UNR) están facilitando estas oportunidades gratuitas de discusión en línea y de intercambio de recursos para los proveedores de tratamiento del

COVID-19 and Drinking Behaviour

With most countries adopting measures to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are notable changes to drinking behaviours. Health professionals are calling on people to avoid using alcohol as a coping strategy in these stressful times. However, empty shelves in supermarkets indicate people may not be following advice. In a recent article published by Society for the Study of Addiction, James Morris explores the changes in drinking behaviour in the UK, and the


British Council ahora está aceptando solicitudes para los Cursos En Línea Gratuitos del British Council. El British Council es la organización internacional del Reino Unido para las Relaciones Culturales y las Oportunidades Educativas. Estudiarás cursos en línea gratuitos de las mejores universidades del Reino Unido. Los Cursos en Línea del British Council están completamente libres de costos y certificados gratuitos disponibles en todos los campos académicos y mayores. No se requiere ningún cargo para los

Elsevier Novel Coronavirus Information Center

Elsevier's Novel Coronavirus Information Center is now offering free access to expert, curated information for the research and health community on SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus) and COVID-19 (the disease). All resources are free to access and include guidelines for clinicians and patients plus the latest early-stage and peer-reviewed research on COVID-19 from journals including The Lancet and Cell Press. They have also made nearly 20,000 related articles free to access on ScienceDirect. These articles are

Sujatha Daruwo Project Sri Lanka

Introducing a project run since 2016 by the Preventive Education and Training Unit of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board of Sri Lanka. This project is called "Sujatha Daruwo" or "legitimize children" in English. Project delivery used Universal Prevention and Treatment curriculum (UPC/UTC) teachings and children developed their knowledge, competencies and skills as preventive educators and peer mentors within their communities and wider society. The project was funded by the Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority and

Open-Access JSTOR Materials

Following advice to avoid public institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of libraries have been closed to members of the public. In response, the online academic resource JSTOR has clarified that much of its database is accessible to the public, amid the widespread closure of universities across the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement on its website, JSTOR said that it has “an expanded set of content that is available to

Job vacancy open until 07 April 2020! UNODC looking to hire an International Consultant

The Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is looking to hire an international consultant where under the supervision of the Programme Officer (UNODC/PTRS) the consultant is requested to produce a systematic literature review, followed by a narrative report, that identifies evidence-based approaches for the treatment of drug use disorders and other mental health disorders in prison settings with a specific focus on low-and middle-income countries. Specifically, the

4 Online/Distance Learning Substance Use Prevention Strategies for the Coronavirus Outbreak

Here are four online and distance-learning strategies for providing evidence-based and evidence-informed Prevention Plus Wellness programs during the COVID-19 outbreak. They include: 1) Recorded video programs, 2) Live streamed programs, 3) Correspondence booklets, and 4) Online training and support for providing PPW programs via online and distance learning. Each online/distance learning prevention program strategy is described briefly below. Recorded Video Programs Like face-to-face Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs, each PPW video provides youth with a

Coronavírus e o Tabagismo

Dr. João Paulo Lotufo, pediatra, membro da Comissão de Tabagismo da Associação Médica Brasileira, diretor da ISSUP Brasil e parceiro do Freemind, neste vídeo traz fatos e dicas sobre a relação entre o coronavirus e o tabagismo. Um estudo publicado no final de fevereiro de 2020 na revista Chinese Medical Journal avaliou 78 pacientes hospitalizados com o COVID-19 e, desses, 14,1% evoluíram com a piora do seu quadro e 85,9% estabilizaram ou melhoraram. Com este

The Pandemic Project Covid Survey

The Pandemic Project is a social psychology initiative that is studying how our everyday lives are affected by the coronavirus outbreak. For many of us, our worlds, our work, and our social relationships are changing. The research team brings together scientists from around the world to better understand how the pandemic is affecting our daily lives, mental health, and connections with others. This project is being conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at

The First Walk-Through Training on UTC 1 to 4 Held in Albania

Dear ISSUP members, My name is Andia Meksi and I would like to share with you some information regarding UTC training held in Tirana, Albania. The Colombo Plan- Drug Advisory Program and the University of California, San Diego in collaboration with the Albanian Faculty of Medicine and UNODC and conducted a five-day Walkthrough on “Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders: Course 1 to 4” for Albanian and Kosovo health professionals and university lecturers from

ISAM Webinar Series on COVID-19 and SUD: A Global Perspective on Challenges and Solutions

The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) believes that the impact of this pandemic on people struggling with Substance Use Disorders could not be overlooked. Thus they have decided to take this opportunity to hold a series of webinars with partners from different parts of the world, discussing challenges and solutions regarding the current pandemic from the addiction medicine perspective. The objective of these webinars is to support colleagues in the field of addiction medicine

COVID-19 Guidance for Opioid Treatment Programs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed new guidelines for professionals and organisations delivering substance use treatment in the US. The guidelines cover. Guidance on pharmacotherapy for opioid use disorder (OUD) availability in circumstances in which patients may be exposed to highly contagious infectious agents (such as COVID-19) Opioid Treatment Programme Guidance for Patients Quarantined at Home with the Coronavirus

UTC University Training in Ukraine

The Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) University training took place in Ukraine from the 10th to the 14th of March, 2020. The aim of the training was to ensure that the multidisciplinary teams tackling substance use and addiction problems in Ukraine have been trained to a high standard in evidence-based practice. The training was designed to help professionals who work in universities become proficient in teaching students so that quality education can be delivered to the

CfA: Civil Society Participation in INCB Thematic Hearing on "The Use of Drugs Among Older Persons"

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) will host the third civil society hearing for the INCB board members on the margins of this years INCB board meeting. The hearing will be on the topic of "The Use of Drugs Among Older Persons" and is planned for May 13, 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Vienna, Austria. Due to the rapidly changing situation in regards to COVID-19 the hearing might be held in another format

The Free Peer Recovery Support Webinar Series Starts on Friday, March 27

Peer recovery support services are increasingly becoming an important part of the behavioral healthcare workforce. They not only help people with behavioral health conditions connect to, engage in, and be active participants in treatment and recovery support services but they can also change the culture of an organization in a positive way. With the goal of supporting the increase of Peer Recovery Support Specialists in the workforce, NAADAC presents their new FREE Peer Recovery Support

Increased Alcohol Advertisement Regulation in Kenya

One of the key recommendations to reduce alcohol related harm is for countries to introduce policies that regulate how companies advertise their alcohol products. This measure, along with adjustments in alcohol taxation, is a measure that the Kenyan government has introduced to tackle the large scale harm that is caused by drinking. This Bill aims to: ensure advertisers using outdoor advertisement respect the environment and the structures upon which the advertisements are displayed, and bring

Provide Feedback on What You Need to Implement Substance Use Prevention During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Take this 1-minute survey to give your opinions on what you need to best provide evidence-based substance use prevention such as the single-session SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program during the coronavirus or other epidemic. Take the survey now: Thank you!

Alcohol-free Childhood: Investigation by the Children’s Parliament

Alcohol has a constant presence in everyday lives. It is important that all practitioners, professionals, and policymakers are aware of this presence and the impact it has on different members of society. One way to gather this information is through simply asking people where they are exposed to alcohol and what it means to them. One group of people, whose voice often goes unheard, but whose lives are undoubtedly affected by alcohol, are children. In

Ahsania Mission Female Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center Observes International Women’s Day 2020

Reflecting the theme - “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights”, Ahsania Mission Female Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center organized a human chain formation followed by a discussion meeting in collaboration with Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) project UPHCSDP-II DNCC PA-3. The events took place on 08 March 2020. Staff members of UPHCSDP along with center officials formed the human chain in front of the office in Mirpur, Dhaka; which was then transformed into a rally

Celebration of 30 Years of Drug Prevention & Treatment Activities of Dhaka Ahsania Mission

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said that the society will lose proactive capable manpower if we cannot eradicate drug related problems from our country. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strictly directed to make the dope tests mandatory for government services to motivate the youth to remain drug-free. Mr Asaduzzaman Khan expressed his hope that once we are able to remove drug-related hazards from our society, our beloved motherland will become a peaceful and progressive country. He

The Eighth Recovery Get-Together at Ahsania Mission Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center

Ahsania Mission Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, Gazipur, Bangladesh organized the 8th Recovery Get-Together on 28 February 2020 at its premises, to celebrate the healthy drug-free lives of 170 recovered Substance Use Disorder patients. The center was established in 2004 in Gazipur by Dhaka Ahsania Mission flagship Addiction Management and Integrated Care (AMIC). Situated in its own five-bigha enclosed land, the center can accommodate 100 patients at a time. More than 2200 patients have received

ASAP Training Project

For a number of years, different measures have been taken in Europe to improve the quality of drug prevention through developing and implementing quality standards, training sessions and analysis of drug prevention systems. Based on the previous experience of projects like European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) or UPC-Adapt, some European countries (Italy, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia and Hungary) and organisations (UNODC, EMCDDA, EUSPR) joined together in the project “Building effective

EUSPR 2020 Call for Abstracts

EUSPR 2020 is being held in Lisbon, Portugal (at EMCDDA) on 8th and 9th October 2020, with workshops and project meetings scheduled for the pre-conference day, October 7th. The theme this year is ‘Make prevention science relevant for all: co-production and impact’ and our keynotes and special sessions will focus on reducing the gap between science and practice in prevention, understanding co-production and the role of policymakers, practitioners, communities and researchers to develop efficacious, sustainable