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Identifying NGOs working on drug treatment in humanitarian settings

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and specifically the Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) are working on addressing substance use and substance use disorders in humanitarian settings. In this context, they are looking for civil society service providers offering drug use disorder treatment or prevention services to displaced populations or working in humanitarian settings, all over the world. Service providers with concrete practical experience will eventually be invited, jointly with humanitarian

INL's Webinar Week

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) presents the third annual event on partnering with the private sector to address the world drug problem. The private sector can play a major role in preventing and combating the manufacture, diversion, sale, and misuse of drugs and precursors by mobilizing its unique resources, technologies, and expertise. Throughout webinar week, INL will showcase the important role the private sector can play

Prof. Thomas Babor received an honorary degree from Charles University

Thomas F. Babor is a renowned researcher and professor of Public Health Studies at the University of Connecticut and author of more than 15 books and the editor of Publishing Addiction Science. In the late 1980s, Prof. Babor was one of the main scientists involved in the creation of AUDIT (an acronym he coined) – the international screening test for alcohol use which has had phenomenal success as an early warning system for growing alcohol

Call for Papers- African Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

The African Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (AJADA) invites researchers & scholars to contribute their original articles to a DIAMOND open-access, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal. Manuscripts are invited for submission in the following areas: Prevention and advocacy Policy, legal and enforcement Treatment and rehabilitation Research and training Partnership and community-based initiatives Once the manuscript is prepared in accordance with the guidelines, it should be submitted via email to submissions [dot] ajada [at] nacada [dot] go [dot] ke

Call for Papers- Dual Diagnosis in Older Adults

This new annual themed issue of Advances in Dual Diagnosis will focus on issues surrounding dual diagnosis in older adults in order to improve assessment intervention, treatment and care of older adults with dual diagnosis from both public health and clinical perspectives. Topics covered include (but are not limited to): Epidemiology and demography Prevention and early intervention Psychology Sociology, culture and ethnicity Physical health and frailty Treatment and recovery Expert opinion (commentaries, personal views from

Registration opens for European Drugs Winter and Summer Schools 2022

The EMCDDA and the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) are pleased to open registration for two upcoming joint events in 2022: the European Drugs Winter School (EDWS) and the European Drugs Summer School (EDSS) The two-week online Winter School (14th to 25th of February 2022) prepares professionals and students to meet the complex policy challenges that face Europe and the World in the field of drugs. Teaching staff includes scientific experts from the European Monitoring

Virtual training on UPC, M&S Series, Course 9 by SCT Malaysia

Supreme Training & Consultancy Malaysia approved Training Provider for The Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP), announces this international training on Course-9 Community-based Prevention Implementation Systems the Universal Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use Prevention (Managers and Supervisors Series). This course is part of a training series that was developed through funding from the US Department of State to the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP). The training will take place December 15th- 22nd. For registration

UTC 4A Training Report - September 2021

Supreme Training & Consultancy and The Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme are pleased to share this Training Report on Universal Treatment Curriculum 4A, psychoeducation for clients & Families. In order to endorse the evidence-based practices in the field of treatment & prevention in Malaysia, the Supreme Training & Consultancy, under the banner of Colombo Plan Drug Advisory programme (DAP), organised a virtual training for the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorder Course 4-A, Psychoeducation

Ecolink Alumnus host webinar on Integrating UTC into Clinical Practice

Ecolink Alumnus host webinar on “Integrating UTC into Clinical Practice” Ecolink UTC Alumni Association, a forum of addiction practitioners who did UTC course with Ecolink Institute in India have organized an international webinar on “Integrating Universal Treatment Curriculum into Clinical practice” on 2 October, 2021. The event, organized in collaboration with the ISSUP-India chapter was attended by 186 ISSUP members from around the globe and another 200 people on facebook live. Dr. Thirumagal V, the

Minority Fellowship Program

The NBCC Foundation and NAADAC are pleased to announce the 2022 application period for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC) is now open. This program is made possible by a grant awarded to the NBCC Foundation in collaboration with NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The program will administer up to 40 Master’s degree-level counseling fellowships of

Atelier de formation sur la prévention du VIH et la prise en charge chez les usagers de drogue (UD) au Togo.

Du O9 au 13 Août 2021, a eu lieu à Kpalimé /Hôtel IZE, un atelier de formation sur la prévention du VIH et la prise en charge chez les usagers de drogue (UD) au Togo. Cet atelier a connu l'intervention de quatre (4) facilitateurs venant du CNLS, PNLS et du CNAD. Les échanges entre acteurs et facilitateurs ont été très édifiants et à la fin de la formation chaque acteur a reçu une attestation de

SPR International Early Career Funding to attend EUSPR 2021 Conference online, 29/09/21-1/10/21

The SPR Board of Directors has allocated $3,000 in funds to support early-career prevention researchers to attend the EUSPR. The purpose of the travel funds is to enable ECPNers to attend EUSPR and network on behalf of SPR, especially with other early-career prevention researchers. In a “normal” year, the funds would be allocated to support the travel of two early-career prevention researchers to attend in person. However, for 2021, the funds will be used to

UNODC Trains Team of National Trainers from Kyrgyzstan within the Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders

The UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia supported a training of trainers (ToT) on the Course 11 “Enhancing Motivational Interviewing Skills”. This course is part of the Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders (UTC training package) for national trainers from Kyrgyzstan which took place in person in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan on 13-17 September 2021. This training was organized within the framework of UNODC global project GLOJ71 “Treating drug dependence and

The NGO Blue Cross of Togo offers a financial envelope to 21 motorcycle taxi drivers

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in the presence of the administrative and local authorities of the municipality of the Gulf, the non-governmental organization "Blue Cross", initiator of the project "driving without tramadol and others. it's driving safely'';granted financial aid to motorcycle taxi drivers in the city of Lomé. "This remittance is part of the continuity of the activities that we are carrying out in extra-curricular environments for the Togolese populations. Since 2019, we have through

UNODC supports a Quality Assurance Training for Drug Use Disorder Treatment Services in Senegal

The UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) and the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section in Vienna (PTRS), organized from June 14th to June 18th, an online Quality Assurance training, benefitting 16 drug treatment and care services providers in Senegal. In 2016, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization launched the ‘International Standards of Treatment of Drug Use Disorders” at the United Nations Special Assembly Session on

Further Enhancing the Implementation of Quality Standards in Drug Demand Reduction Across Europe

The EU Strategy 2021-2025 puts further emphasis on QS and evidence-based interventions. Yet, the extent and ways in which QS are implemented in daily practices of drug prevention, treatment and harm reduction in the EU varies substantially. Some countries have successfully implemented QS. The general objective of this project is to enhance the implementation of QS in drug prevention, treatment and harm reduction throughout the EU, with more services, organizations and countries applying QS in

President Biden issues proclamation for overdose awareness week

President Biden issued the first ever Presidential Proclamation recognizing August 29, 2021 – September 4, 2021 as Overdose Awareness Week – a time to honor the lives lost to the overdose epidemic and recommit to both preventing overdoses and supporting individuals with substance use disorder. In the Proclamation, President Biden reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to implementing a strong response to the overdose epidemic and expanding access to evidence-based prevention, treatment and harm reduction efforts, reducing

Monitoring and evaluation for community based prevention systems

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are essential in strengthening Community-Based Prevention Implementation Systems, through this process organizations collect and analyze data, and determine if the Substance use prevention- intervention (EBIs) is attaining (has fulfilled) its desired goal. Monitoring begin right away from inception and extends through program or project life like process or outcome evaluation. “Evaluate what you want because what gets measured gets produced “said James Belasco. Every organization need to have monitoring and evaluation

Como os educadores avaliam a prevenção nos ambientes escolares

O Freemind há muitos anos vem priorizando a questão da prevenção ao uso de substâncias psicoativas, por entender que esse é o caminho para minimizar os problemas decorrentes desse uso e tem trabalhado com pais, educadores e profissionais da área para levar capacitação de qualidade, baseada em evidência científica para todo esse público. A cada dia que passa vemos que a idade de início da experimentação está menor, o que é um dado por si

Latin American Journal of Mental Health and Therapeutic Communities- Call for Papers

The Latin American Journal of Mental Health and Therapeutic Communities (RELASMECT) is an initiative that gather professionals from all over Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States, focused on the creation and dissemination of quality knowledge that can contribute to the improvement of prevention and treatment of addiction and other mental disorders. Mission Publishing scientific articles that contribute to share comprehensive information on Mental Health and Therapeutic Communities. Purpose Provide ways for socialization

Ecolink Institute opens Alumni Association of UTC students

Ecolink Institute opens Alumni Association of UTC students The students of the Universal Treatment Curriculum on Substance Use Disorder under the Ecolink Institute have opened an International Alumni Association to strengthen and promote evidence based practices in the field of SUD. The Ecolink-UTC Alumni association was formally inaugurated on 31 July by Ms. Shanthi Ranganathan, a veteran Indian social worker during the graduation ceremony of the 3rd batch of UTC students. Shanthi Ranganathan is the

Ecolink Institute successfully completes its 3rd Batch on UTC training

Ecolink Institute successfully completes its 3rd Batch on UTC training Mangalore: Ecolink Institute of Well-being, an India based training Institute who pioneered online live training of the Universal Treatment Curriculum successfully completed its 3rd international batch recently. Padmashree Shanthi Ranganathan, founder of TTK Hospital and an internationally known SUD activist chaired the closing ceremony and gave her closing remarks. She said it was an outstanding achievement for Ecolink to offer this training to students from

Riconoscere il bisogno umano di comunità nel trattamento delle dipendenze

Negli ultimi due anni, nel tentativo di ridurre la diffusione del coronavirus, i paesi di tutto il mondo hanno imposto una serie di restrizioni e misure di distanziamento sociale. Per gli scienziati e i professionisti sociali, questo ha portato a discussioni sull'importanza della connessione e su cosa succede quando il contatto fisico tra loro è limitato. Questo articolo esplora l'impatto per le persone che usano sostanze, che include un cambiamento nei mercati della droga, un

Community-based prevention implementation system in Uganda

Uganda is one of the countries in East Africa with an outdated policy on substance use and abuse. The World Health Organization highlights Uganda as a country with hazardous drinking patterns due to the high prevalence of alcohol consumption and heavy episodic and underage drinking. Uganda’s alcohol per capita consumption of 9.8 liters is among the highest in Africa. Research shows that substance use and abuse destroy families and communities; burden productivity and keep children

Costruire un team di comunità efficace e valutare le esigenze della comunità

In Uganda affinché qualsiasi prevenzione dell'uso di sostanze produca risultati positivi, dovrebbe essere supportata da fatti sulla prontezza della comunità. Interventi come "Community That Care" (CTC) sono un esempio del modello basato sull'evidenza che utilizza un comprovato processo di cambiamento della comunità progettato per ridurre la violenza giovanile, l'uso di alcol e tabacco e la delinquenza. Promuovere la partnership scuola-università per migliorare la resilienza (PROSPER) è un altro modello. Prima di adottare qualsiasi intervento basato

Alcohol Awareness Week 2021

Alcohol Awareness Week is a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. This year's Alcohol Awareness Week takes place from 15-21 November 2021 on the theme of Alcohol and relationships. Alcohol Awareness Week is coordinated by, Alcohol Change UK. You can find out more about the campain and theme for Alcohol Awareness Week here. You can also read the alcohol awarenss week blog, which includes stories about the lives of those struggling with alcohol-

UNODC launches new webpage to expand access to essential HIV health and social services

The UNODC Regional Programme Office for Eastern Europe (Kyiv, Ukraine), in cooperation with the Charitable Fund “Humanitarian Action” (Saint Petersburg, Russia), launches a new website on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) (https://nps-info.org/en/). The website serves as an online platform for key populations including people who use new psychoactive substances (NPS)/stimulants and service providers working with the risk groups. The website is full of useful content on the prevention of HIV infection and other diseases, on various

Webinar Rehabilitation for Clients in the Criminal Justice System “Challenges and opportunities for drug rehabilitation practitioners"

In an effort to tackle the problem of abuse and illicit trafficking of narcotics, psychotropics and addictive substances, the government has enacted Law no. 35 of 2009 concerning Narcotics. Basically, the sanctions regulated in the Narcotics Law adhere to a double track system, namely in the form of criminal sanctions and action sanctions. In its development, narcotics abuse and addicts no longer lead to imprisonment but instead leads to the rehabilitation of substance use disorders

A codependência pode te impedir de ser independente

Os membros da família com transtornos por uso de substâncias podem impedir que outras pessoas da família vivam alegremente suas próprias vidas. Quando começamos a proteger os sentimentos de outra pessoa, muitas vezes percebemos que estávamos tentando proteger nossos próprios sentimentos. Estar emocionalmente conectado aos altos e baixos de outra pessoa pode tirar a identidade, integridade, felicidade e individualidade que já tivemos. Os membros da família que possibilitam, ou são codependentes, alcançam algo com o