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Is students’ drug testing the solution to school riots?

The torching of schools by students has become a regular occurrence in Kenya over the past two decades. This has resulted to destruction of property, disruption of the school calendar and unfortunately loss of innocent lives. Last year, another spate of dormitory and school building fires forced the government to adjust the school calendar with a few days. Outlined as possible causes included exam-related anxiety, schoolwork load, peer pressure, school leadership, lack of guidance and

Atelier régional de l’ONUDC sur les systèmes de surveillance et d'information des drogues en Afrique de l’Ouest

Dans de nombreuses régions du monde, les informations sur la consommation de drogues illicites sont inexistantes ou extrêmement limitées. Lorsque des données existent, elles sont rarement collectées de manière harmonisée et, par conséquent, la comparabilité des informations entre les pays est généralement faible. Les gouvernements nationaux, ainsi que les organismes régionaux et mondiaux, se sont tous engagés à améliorer la qualité et la comparabilité des informations recueillies sur la consommation de drogues illicites. Il s'agit

Atelier régional de l’ONUDC sur les systèmes de surveillance et d'information des drogues en Afrique de l’Ouest

Dans de nombreuses régions du monde, les informations sur la consommation de drogues illicites sont inexistantes ou extrêmement limitées. Lorsque des données existent, elles sont rarement collectées de manière harmonisée et, par conséquent, la comparabilité des informations entre les pays est généralement faible. Les gouvernements nationaux, ainsi que les organismes régionaux et mondiaux, se sont tous engagés à améliorer la qualité et la comparabilité des informations recueillies sur la consommation de drogues illicites. Il s'agit

UNODC supports 28 health care providers from all 14 regions in Senegal with a training on treatment and care of people who inject drugs in Senegal

Since December 2014, methadone maintenance treatment is available at the Centre de Prise en Charge Intégrée des Addictions à Dakar, Senegal (CEPIAD). This center, located within the Centre Hospitalier National Universitaire de Fann, allows for the integrated treatment of drug users and offers unconditional low-threshold services for people who inject drugs (PWID), prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS infection and other comorbidities. However, access to care for injectable drug users remains very limited in the country

Addiction Conference 2021 Report

Addiction 2021 Online Conference, Igniting a movement for Change The ADDICTION 2021 ONLINE CONFERENCE, conducted from July 21 to 23, 2021, was the largest centrally controlled addiction treatment effort on the African continent. Thanks to the exceptional material and conversations, as well as the technological breakthroughs demonstrated by our usage of an exciting new online platform, the conference was described as world-class, ground-breaking, and inventive. The South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Role of Youth in Substance Abuse Prevention

Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology organized a Seminar on Myths and Facts related to Drugs. In this program, I had an opportunity to conduct a session as a keynote on " Role of Youth in Substance Abuse Prevention". the discussion points were why is youth participation so important, and how to engage them in prevention programs. I really enjoyed that session because of their asking questions, and concerns. Thanks to our

UNODC takes part in digitalising drug treatment services to increase the services’ access for People with Substance Use Disorders

The UNODC Programme Office for Indonesia (POIDN), in collaboration with Indonesian Association of Addiction Counsellor (IKAI), initiated to create an application called “RehabNet”. The idea to develop this application came after seeing the difficulty of people with substance use disorder to access health services during the Covid 19 pandemic. Initially, the app aimed to ensure continued access to drug treatment services during the COVID-19 lockdown. But after some discussion and adjustments, we saw that this

UNODC Supports the Launch of ISSUP Indonesia Chapter

Indonesia has been promoting science-based and ethical services to improve the health, well-being and recovery of affected individuals with drug use disorders and increase public safety to all drug use disorders treatment providers both at governmental and non-governmental level. The establishment of ISSUP Indonesia chapter is one of the strategies to provide all professionals working in the field of drug demand reduction (DDR) a networking forum to strengthen the collaboration of all professionals with many

Profesionalización y fortalecimiento del campo laboral en reducción de la demanda

Coordinado por Livia Edegger, directora adjunta de la International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP), los especialistas en este panel hablaron sobre la importancia de crear y robustecer la fuerza laboral en la reducción de la demanda de drogas, a través de la colaboración de diversas organizaciones y actores. La misión de ISSUP En su presentación, “Profesionalización y fortalecimiento del campo laboral en la reducción de la demanda ISSUP”, Edegger explicó que ISSUP es una

New Zealand Announces Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan

New Zealand is making history with the launch of a bold Smokefree Action Plan that aims to reduce daily smoking prevalence to less than 5 percent for all population groups across the country by 2025. The aim of the new plan is to eliminate inequities in smoking rates and smoking-related illnesses, ensure children never start smoking and remain smoke-free and increase the number of people who successfully quit smoking. The action plan includes 6 focus

Training of Trainers Workshop on "Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral For Treatment" for Mental Health and Addiction Professionals.

The aim of this training workshop is to develop a team of professionals/ trainers who could replicate this training workshop across the country. To achieve this goal we wanted to increase their knowledge of substance abuse problems, screening, and assessment concepts and techniques. Further, the objective of this training course was to develop skills to use the screening tools and to develop skills to deliver the screening tools and brief intervention for those who are

Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) Resource Guide

The purpose of this resource guide is to share an overview of ROSC and illustrate how these systems are an integral part of the new health care environment. This guide will align the tenets of health care reform to the benefits, framework, and history of ROSC, and the steps for planning and implementing ROSC. Following each section of the guide’s narrative, you will find websites to direct you to specific resources that will assist you

Scotland launches national campaign to tackle the stigma of addiction

Alcohol and problematic drug use are significant issues in Scotland, causing damage to people’s lives, families and communities, and contributing to violence and crime. Not only can stigma relating to substance use impact an individuals wellbeing, but it can prevent people from coming forward and getting the help they need. Consequently, Scotland has launched a national campaign to tackle the stigma of addiction. Television and newspaper adverts and posters on billboards will emphasise that a

LxAddictions22: Жаһандық тәуелділік

Lisbon Addictions — тәуелділіктер бойынша желілік форумды қамтамасыз ететін көпсалалы конференция. Рефераттарды ұсыну Әлеуетті салымшыларға мынадай негізгі бағыттар/тақырыптық жолдар бойынша рефераттар ұсыну ұсынылады: Нашақорлық пен нашақорлық нарықтарының жаһандық перспективалары Мәдениеттердің алдын алу Алкогольге тәуелділік және проблемалар Нашақорлық және психикалық денсаулық С гепатиті, басқа да жұқпалы аурулар және есірткіге байланысты зиян Мінез-құлыққа тәуелділік Есiрткi бизнесiнiң әлемдiк саясатындағы ағымдағы және болашақ сын-тегеуріндер Жолды ашу Егер олардың үлесi конференция бағдарламасына енгiзу үшiн қабылданса, өтiнiш берушiлер электрондық почта арқылы

Two new tobacco cessation medicines added to the WHO essential medicines list

Every two years, the World Health Organization (WHO) publishes its Model List of Essential Medicines (EML), a collection of medicines considered essential by WHO experts. The purpose of the list is to guide national authorities on the type of medicines that should be available in the country. On the 1st of October, the WHO introduced two new medicines classed as essential medicine for people who wish to stop using tobacco. Bupropion and varenicline are medicines

REGION DES SAVANES/LUTTE CONTRE LA DROGUE :LE COMITÉ NATIONAL ANTI-DROGUE PREND SON BÂTON DE PÈLERIN

SAVANES/LUTTE CONTRE LA DROGUE :LE COMITÉ NATIONAL ANTI-DROGUE PREND SON BÂTON DE PÈLERIN Le comité national anti-drogue est dans les savanes depuis le 09 novembre dernier, dans le cadre de la campagne de sensibilisation des élus locaux et des élèves sur les problèmes de drogues au Togo. Avec pour thème. Il a réalisé des émissions sur les médias locaux, rencontré les syndicats de taxi-motos ,visité les structures de soins des usagers de drogues , mené

Scientific research and writing mentorship initiative towards diversity in research on alcohol control policies

The World Health Organization’s Less Alcohol Unit, Department of Health Promotion, the Alcohol Research Group, and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research are pleased to announce a new scientific research and writing mentorship initiative. The initiative aims to support early-stage researchers from low- and middle-income countries in their work to analyse, report and publish a study related to strengthening alcohol policies tackling the determinants driving the acceptability, availability and affordability of alcohol consumption

Tobacco Control in Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that one in five African adolescents use tobacco and predict a doubling of deaths related to tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries between 2002 and 2030. Here, you can find out more about policy and practice that countries are putting in place in an attempt to control tobacco use in Africa.

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