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The Nationwide Competition “Expert on the Development of Life and Family Skills” was organized online in January-April 2021 by the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in three stages via @psyforum telegram channel. The competition was aimed at disseminating best practices, as well as improving the skills of psychologists and teachers in the public education system in achieving psychological resilience in

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From 1 May 2021 Drug and Alcohol Findings expects to end its core research update service, many aspects of which will instead become available from the Society for the Study of Addiction ( - our co-funder and long-time supporter, and a charity with an unrivalled history and standing in the sector. To follow progress on these changes be sure to SUBSCRIBE FREE OF CHARGE TO THE SOCIETY’S WEBSITE USER MAILING LIST at With our

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NIH analysis measures the prevalence of nine substance use disorders after first substance use or misuse in young people. A new study shows that in the time after first trying cannabis or first misusing prescription drugs, the percentages of young people who develop the corresponding substance use disorder are higher among adolescents (ages 12-17) than young adults (ages 18-25). In addition, 30% of young adults develop a heroin use disorder and 25% develop a methamphetamine

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INEBRIA offers the possibility to apply for scholarships to attend virtually or in-person to the INEBRIA 2021 conference for professionals with genuine interest in expanding alcohol screening and brief interventions in their countries. Who is the target audience? Early-career professionals working in the field of brief interventions for alcohol and other substances– from academic, clinical, public and civil sector organisations. Eligibility criteria for applicants: You have to be an early career stage professional working in

E-book: "Parents in Prevention" - volume 1

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"Reviews of preclinical research and clinical safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabinoids for pain relief have identified important research gaps. Due to the lack of high-quality clinical evidence, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) does not currently endorse current use of cannabis and cannabinoids for pain relief. International Association for the Study of Pain recognises the pressing need for preclinical and clinical studies to fill the research gap, and for education

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Un nouveau programme au Togo pour renforcer la prise en charge des troubles liés à l'usage de substances

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