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UNODC supports introduction of Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders in Central Asia

The UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia (UNODC ROCA) organized a Regional Training of Trainers (ToT) on Course 18 – “Clinical Supervision” of the Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders (UTC training package) from 20 to 24 June 2022 in Tashkent, the Republic of Uzbekistan with the generous support from U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. “Health-centered, human rights-based and gender-responsive approaches to drug

Introducing Training of Trainers (ToT) on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Advance course 9-15 in Pakistan

The country office Pakistan of “United Nation Office on Drug & Crime” (UNODC) is happy to offer the Training of Trainers (ToT) on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Advance course 9-15. We are inviting the application for ToT on following advances courses in Pakistan. Course 9: Pharmacology and SUD (3 days) Course 10: Managing Medication Assisted Treatment Programs (4 days) Course 11: Enhancing -Motivational Interviewing Skills (5 days) Course 12: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (4 days) Course

Jamaica to update national drug policy

From the Jamaica Observer, Monday 20th June, 2022 KINGSTON, Jamaica — National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, says the Government is taking the necessary steps to implement an updated National Policy and Plan of Action for Drug Control. “This updated National Drug Plan will provide the framework for all counter drug activities. These include institutional strengthening, demand and supply reduction, international cooperation and overall control measures,” Chang outlined. He was speaking at the recent two-day

ISSUP Italy event to commemorate World Drug Day on 26 June 2022

With the 42/112 Resolution of 7th December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26th June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (World Drug Day) as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. Supported each year by individuals, communities, and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major

Seminar on Role of Students against Drugs

Seminar on Role of Students against Drugs GC University Lahore organized a special program on drugs, Major General Ghulam Shabbir Narejo DG ANF Pakistan was chief guest and Brig Rashid Minhas RD ANF Punjab was special guest. Principal Prof. Dr. Asghar Zadi presided the said event. Syed Zulfiqar Hussain Consultant Anti Drugs Narcotics Campaign, Ms. Maria Ali Assistant Dir, ANF, Syed Mohsin, Dr Fouzia and members Civil Society, NGOs, students from different institutions also participated

Drug Awareness Campaign through Motivational Speaker

Drug Awareness Campaign through Motivational Speaker Syed Zulfiqar Husain, Director, Drug Advisory Training Hub (DATH) along with Mr. Adeel Rashid and Syed Mohsin met with Mr. Qasim Ali Shah Motivational Speaker regarding Drug Demand Reduction Program, new trend of addiction among youth, role of civil society at Qasim Ali Shah Foundation Lahore. Mr. Adeel Rashid vice chair highlighted the problems of drug addiction among youth and also highlighted the organizations system. Syed Zulfiqar Hussain Consultant/Expert

Inaugural Ceremony of Drug Rehab Centre

Inaugural Ceremony of Drug Rehab Centre Syed Zulfiqar Hussain, Consultant/Expert, Anti Drugs Narcotics Campaign inaugurated 2nd Branch Focus Rehab Center Gulberg III Lahore with Motivational speaker Syed Qasim Ali Shah, Dr. Ahsan ul Haq Chishti, Muhammad Bukash and Director Dr. Imran. Syed Mohsin, Adeel Rashid, Sofia Souhail psychologist and Ms. Nida Tahir psychologist also present on the occasion. Mr. Husain said that urgently 25000 thousands drug addicts need treatment facilities but only ono or two

WHA adopts Global Alcohol Action Plan

This article was first published in the GAPA Newsletter On Friday 27 May, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted the Global Alcohol Action Plan, in the making for two years. GAPA welcomes the decision by the WHA. Now words must be followed by action, globally and in the member countries. For that, adequate resources are needed, particularly in low and middle-income countries to address global inequities. In

Register to take part in "Motivational Quizzing" 2022

Test your knowledge of psychiatry and substance use disorders by taking part in the international online quiz "Motivational Quizzing"! Exciting prizes to be won! The event is co-sponsored by the Network of Early Career Professionals Working in Addiction Medicine (NECPAM), International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) and the Addiction Psychiatry Society of India. Prizes include: Top 10 Finalists: Offer of Membership to the Network of Early Career Professionals working in the area of Addiction Medicine

Call for papers: International Mental Health Journal

Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry, "Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz" began editing its official publication in 1977, "Salud Mental", which is currently indexed in: WoS, ScopuS, Academic Search Premier, SciELO, PsycINFO, IMBIOMED, RedALyC, LILACS, DIALNET, Latindex, and the Sistema de Clasificación de Revistas Mexicanas de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT). Manuscripts submitted to "Salud Mental" go through a process that follows scientific publishing ethical policies. The Internal Review Board selects papers suitable for publication that must

Grants for private drug treatment and rehabilitation centers in Bangladesh

To improve the quality of drug treatment and rehabilitation services, for the third time, the Government of Bangladesh has provided grants to private drug treatment and rehabilitation centers across the country. Moreover, the government has also taken initiatives to increase demand reduction programs. The number of quality rehabilitation facilities in the country is inadequate in proportion to the number of drug users. A total of 40 private rehabilitation centers received grants this year. Home Minister

Drug treatment management and mental health care training manual review workshop held

Proper guidelines for professionals are essential in providing quality services. With this in mind, Dhaka Ahsania Mission Health Sector organized a day-long consultation workshop on June 2, 2022, under the JPRPHRPC project supported by GIZ, to finalize the Drug Treatment Management Training Manual and Mental Health Care Manual. In the inaugural session of the workshop, UNAIDS Country Representative Dr. Saima Khan, UNFPA Technical Officer, Dr. Rahat Nur, Technical Specialist (Clinical Service) of Save the Children

Congratulations to the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Family (For Managers & Supervisors ISSUP 2022 Cohort

From 10th to 16th May 2022, the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) gave an opportunity to its members to connect, unite and share evidence-based knowledge on substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The theme of “Uniting the global community to face the challenge of addiction” was timely as the first in-person conference since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. During the conference, there were

UNODC promotes the dialogue on drug demand reduction across Central Asia at ISSUP Abu Dhabi 2022 Conference

Within the framework of UNODC global project GLOJ71”Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet II” UNODC ROCA in collaboration with Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) HQ supported participation of 19 members of country delegations from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the work of Conference “Uniting the global community to face the challenge of addiction” organized by International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) held 11-16 May 2022 in Aby-Dhabi, UAE. The main

Awareness Lecture and Workshop on Risky Behaviors & Substance Use in an International Family Medicine Conference, Avari Hotel, Lahore Pakistan

Two days International Family Medicine Conference has been arranged at Avari Hotel in Lahore Pakistan on May 21 and 22, 2022. The organizers were the team members of WONCA SAR. The guest speaker/trainer invited to grace these initiatives were Dr. Nazish Idrees (PhD. Clinical Psychology) & Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Lahore. She is also a practitioner at Khalid Clinic Gulberg III. The idea was to highlight the emerging need to

“Emergency Psychology and Trauma Clinic”

The post-graduate study course “Psychology of Emergency and Clinical Trauma”, organized by the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of The Kore University of Enna, aims to train the figure of the Psychologist or Physician with skills in Psychology of Emergency and Clinical Trauma, ensuring a broad theoretical preparation in addition to the acquisition of technical skills that allow to assess and take charge of the complexity related to exposure to critical events. It also

Call for Papers- Drug Addiction Research in China

Drug addiction has been a major public health problem bringing a heavy burden to patients, families and society in China historically and contemporarily. In the recent two decades, animal and clinical research on mechanisms, trajectories, prevention and treatments of drug addiction has flourished in China, and progress and breakthroughs have been made in revealing the genetic basis and neural circuits of drug addiction, as well as discovering novel therapies, especially behavioural and neuromodulating interventions. The

Ecolink Institute successfully completes six batches for UTC full course

The Ecolink Institute based in India and an approved training provider of the Colombo Plan has successfully completed six (6) international batches for UTC Curriculum 1-8 and initiated to ICAP Credentialing Examination. The students draw from mostly private SUD treatment centers and those practicing as mental health professionals already. Most participants are from professional backgrounds with their qualifications in Psychology, social work or recovery background. The Institute has trained more than 250 students from 20

Ecolink conducts special session on Relapse prevention

Ecolink Institute has conducted a special workshop on "Relapse prevention" on May 5 for over 40 therapists who are attached to Addiction Recovery Coach Online, a therapy wing of the Institute. Dr.Thirumagal V conducted the workshop on topics like what is Lapse and Relapse, warning signs in relapse, Triggers management, and designing a relapse prevention package . 41 participants from most parts of India and 9 other countries participated in the workshop. ARCO_India has developed

White House Releases 2022 National Drug Control Strategy that Outlines Comprehensive Path Forward to Address Addiction and the Overdose Epidemic

Today, President Biden sent his Administration’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy to Congress at a time when drug overdoses have taken a heartbreaking toll, claiming 106,854 lives in the most recent 12-month period. The Strategy delivers on the call to action in President Biden’s Unity Agenda through a whole-of-government approach to beat the overdose epidemic. The Strategy focuses on two critical drivers of the epidemic: untreated addiction and drug trafficking. It instructs federal agencies to

Introduction of new methods and tools for drug use disorders diagnostics and treatment discussed in Kazakhstan

On April 15, 2022, the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia in collaboration with the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Mental Health held a “National Round Table Discussion on the application of new methods and tools of drug use disorders’ diagnostics and treatment. The event conducted in a hybrid(offline, online ZOOM) mode was attended by senior specialists from the Ministries of Health and Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the WHO Country Office

UNODC Training for Albanian Policymakers on the Nature, Prevention, Treatment and Care of Drug Use Disorders

UNODC organized a training for 19 Albanian policymakers on the Nature, Prevention, and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders from 12-14 April 2022 in Tirana, Albania. Participants from the Ministries of Health and Social Protection, Education, Justice and Interior took active participation during the training which was organized with the generous support from the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). This UNODC training was inaugurated by Deputy Minister from the

Introduction of new methods and tools for drug use disorders diagnostics and treatment discussed in Tajikistan

On 8 April 2022 UNODC conducted a national round table meeting on the introduction of new methods and tools for drug use disorders diagnostics and treatment in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The event brought together some 20 experts from the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan (MHSPP); state agencies: Republican Clinical Drug Addiction Center under MHSPP, National Drug Addiction Monitoring and Prevention Center under MHSPP, National Center for AIDS Prevention

Call for Master Trainers for the Case Care Management Project

Brief Description: The Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (ES-CICAD) is seeking expressions of interest from experts in the field of alternatives to incarceration and social integration to be trained as Master Trainers for the delivery of the Case Care Management curriculum internationally. Upon successful completion of the Training of Trainers, these Master Trainers will be included on the Case Care Management roster of trainers and can be contacted to deliver the

DAM Report of Recovery Get-Together 2022

The four drug treatment centers of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) offer support for the recovery and rehabilitation of drug users in Bangladesh and these centers have received many national awards for quality services from the Government. DAM drug treatment centers celebrate Recovery Get-Together every year to support recoveries and help integration back into society. This year DAM arranged a “Recovery Get together” program on March 26, 2022, at Ahsania Mission Drug Treatment Center, Gazipur with

National Round Table Discussion on application of new methods and tools of drug use disorders diagnostics and treatment in Uzbekistan

On 25 March 2022 the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia held a National Round Table Discussion on application of new methods and tools of drug use disorders’ diagnostics and treatment in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The meeting was attended by the officials of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan and specialists of the drug treatment system, as well as representatives of other stakeholders that are involved in the process of organizing the treatment