Illicit drugs are big business. They are one of the main profit-generating activities of organised crime and are estimated to represent around one-fifth of global crime proceeds.
Reducing the harm from alcohol by regulating cross-border alcohol marketing, advertising and promotion
This comprehensive report details the full extent of the way that alcohol is being marketed across national borders – often by digital means – and often regardless of the social, economic or cultural environment in receiving countries.
The need to change our language in relation to people who use drugs has become an increasing topic of discussion, but there is still a long way to go. People who use drugs are highly diverse and their relationship with drug use takes many different forms. Current prohibitionist approaches to drug use and ‘war on drugs’ rhetoric do little to encourage language that acknowledges this diversity.
This guide is developed to facilitate the work of Peer Counsellors in training Peer Educators in substance abuse prevention. It is based on the experience from the peer to peer drug prevention programs conducted by UYDEL. This peer to peer guide provides a framework for all peers to help prevent drug abuse in areas/communities where they come from.
International Women's Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. It is also a focal point in the women's rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.
A recent study has found that embedding specialist Addiction Nurses within general practice teams can help address alcohol problems in deprived areas.
In order to appropriately address the concerning global levels of substance Abuse Management and substance Prevention, it is vital that staffs are trained to deliver evidence-based Prevention intervention.
At the start of March 2022, the Education and Training Unit of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board conducted training on Universal Prevention Core Course for 23 staff members of the NDDCB.
Advances in Addiction & Recovery, the official publication of NAADAC, is a quarterly digital magazine focused on providing useful, innovative and timely information on trends and best practices in the profession that are beneficial for addiction professionals.
The winter 2022 issue of the magazine is now available to everyone.
Naeem Aslam. (2015). Drug Addiction, Criminality and Birth Order. J Alcohol Drug Depend 3: 191. doi: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000191
Talat, K., & Naeem Aslam. (2012). Fear of negative evaluation and psychological distress among patients with drug addiction. Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Vol 39( Special issue), 44-54
Helping the Helpers: Incidence of Drug Use among Health Care Professionals. Anaesth Pain & Intensive Care,18(4):470-471.
Substance use among Pakistani Youth - Current Situation, Preventive and Intervention Strategies, Pak J Med Res, 58 (2),44-45.
Khan, M & Aslam, N. (2020). Prevalence of Caffeine Intake among Cigarette Smokers: Directing Caffeine Use Disorder among Pakistani Population, Pak J Med Res, 59 (1), 15-21.
Background: Caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive drug, being widely enjoyed and open handedly taken all around the world. The use of tea, coffee, soft drinks, chocolates etc is quite common without any sort of consideration to its overuse and lethal impact on health. Persistently inclusive findings suggested a direct relationship between caffeine use and cigarette smoking.
COVID 19 and Individuals with Substance Use Disorder: Challenges to the Treatment Centers in Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Medical & Health Sciences, 14 (2), 483.
Focusing treatments on specific settings where problems may develop is an important approach to implementing health and social responses to drug problems. As a result, the EMCDDA's Health and social solutions to drug problems: a European handbook offers a series of mini guides on the subject. The agency is releasing the first three mini guidelines in this bundle this week, which look at business, community, and recreational environments.
The EMCDDA launched a new Prevention toolkit, bringing together all of its key prevention-related materials to date. Part of the agency’s toolkit series, this new resource is aimed at anyone involved in shaping decisions, opinions and policies in Europe in the science-based prevention of substance use. The toolkit is centred around four key existing prevention resources, all brought together in a one-stop-shop for easy access:
Latest quality standard published sets out how health and care services can improve the diagnosis, assessment, and prevention of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
The quality standard highlights five key areas for improvement:
Aproximación a la situación de salud de los adolescentes y jóvenes vinculados al Sistema de Responsabilidad Penal
Documento técnico del Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social, se construye a partir de una aproximación a la evidencia internacional sobre salud de las(os) adolescentes y jóvenes vinculados a los sistemas judiciales; reconoce la evidencia nacional de la situación y del abordaje integral en salud, las principales barreras identificadas para la atención en salud para el año 2021 y emite recomendaciones para mejorar la gestión por parte de
The third edition of UNHCR’s Emergency Handbook is a reference tool which serves to reinforce a common understanding among the many key actors in emergency situations. This edition includes a number of important revisions of the handbook based on valuable inputs from the nongovernmental organisations and other partners who are an integral part of the standby capacity.
This document provides guidance for UNHCR staff and partners on protecting the rights of older persons in situations of forced displacement or statelessness.
Doing What Matters in Times of Stress is a WHO stress management guide for coping with adversity. This illustrated guide supports implementation of WHO’s recommendation for stress management.
UNHCR has published a comprehensive document with different key child protection resources, issue briefs and portals.
The extensive list of Child Protection Resources is as follows:
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Emergencies - What Should Protection Programme Managers Know?
This document is for protection programme managers working at national and sub-national level in low and middle income countries. It is both for Protection Cluster coordinators (and coordinators of the five specific areas within the Cluster) and for protection programme managers in government, UN and non-UN international organisations and local NGO protection programmes.
The purpose of this document is to provide agencies with a guide with three tools containing key assessment questions that are of common relevance to all actors involved in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) independent of the phase of the emergency. This guide will be useful for rapid assessments of MHPSS issues in humanitarian emergencies across sectors.
The Afghanistan Opium Survey 2021 was implemented under the project “Monitoring of Opium Production in Afghanistan”, with financial contributions from the Government of the United States of America.
Adfam Research Report: Families and friends negatively affected by gambling - Policy & Recommendations
Description: This report sets out Adfam's findings from a range of research activities including four specific gambling-related surveys, peer support training and round-table events.
This manual is designed to orient helpers to offer psychological first aid (PFA) to people following a serious crisis event. PFA involves humane, supportive and practical assistance for people who are distressed, in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities.
The orientation aims to build the capacity of helpers in crisis situations:
To approach a situation safely, for themselves and others;
This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is written for people in a position to help others who have experienced an extremely distressing event. It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities.
IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings - Checklist for field use
The primary purpose of these guidelines is to enable humanitarian actors and communities to plan, establish and coordinate a set of minimum multi-sectoral responses to protect and improve people's mental health and psychosocial well-being in the midst of an emergency. The focus of the guidelines is on implementing minimum responses, which are essential, high-priority responses that should be implemented as soon as possible in an emergency.
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) issues these Guidelines to enable humanitarian actors to plan, establish and coordinate a set of minimum multi-sectoral responses to protect and improve people’s mental health and psychosocial well-being in the midst of an emergency. Populations affected by emergencies frequently experience enormous suffering.