ISSUP plays a unique role within the substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support fields by providing a focal point for information and access to professional development opportunities.

Its establishment has only been possible, and its role and sustainability will only be possible, through the collaboration and support provided by the major international agencies working in the drugs field. In particular, ISSUP had been able to implement its activities in consultation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the African Union.  These organisations have now become International Observers to ISSUPs Board of Directors.

Other major regional and national country agencies have also played a significant role in supporting the establishment of ISSUP. These include the European Drug Monitoring Centre (EMCDDA), the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction  (CCSA), the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) and Applied Prevention Science International (APSI).

Fundamental to ISSUP’s establishment and development have been the Colombo Plan and its Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) who have been the originator and major funder of the initiative.

The following provides a brief introduction to each of these organisations.

International Observers

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)

INL works to keep Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. INL helps countries deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police,…

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African Union

The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena.” This vision of a new,…

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Colombo Plan

The history of the Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific, one of the oldest regional inter-governmental organizations dates far back as 1950, when…

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Organization of American States (OAS)

The Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889…

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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in addressing…

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World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO began when its Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date celebrated every year as World Health Day. It has more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional…

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ADDICTOLOGY is an online, peer-reviewed international professional journal that publishes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scientific studies on psychoactive substance use, behavioural…

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Adfam is the only national charity tackling the effects of alcohol, drug use, or gambling on family members and friends. We improve life for thousands of people. We want anyone affected by someone…

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Applied Prevention Science International (APSI)

Applied Prevention Science International (APSI) was formed to assist national and international policy makers and practitioners to apply prevention science to address substance use and other…

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Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

CADCA is a non-government organization that is a Community-Based, Advocacy-Focused, Data-Driven, Coalition-Building, A…

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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and…

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Cooperation Programme between Latin America, Caribbean and the European Union on Drugs Policies (COPOLAD)

COPOLAD (Cooperation Programme between Latin America, Caribbean and the European Union on Drugs Policies) is a partnership cooperation programme aiming to improve the coherence, balance and impact…

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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug…

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European Prevention Standards Partnership

The European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) and supporting materials were developed by the EU Prevention Standards Partnership, a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral collaboration of…

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European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR)

The European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) will advance the science base of environmental, universal, selective and indicated prevention aimed at improving human health and well-being…

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The Global Centre for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC)

Establishing and increasing professionalism in the fields of substance use prevention,…

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Global Recovery Network (GRN)

The Global Recovery Network provides a platform for members to build and reinforce recovery capital through the pursuit of lifelong learning, to forge and maintain connections to support each…

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Global Women's Network (GWN)

The mission of the Global Women’s Network is to increase the number and quality of women’s substance use disorder treatment centers and services by providing a global nurturing, empowering and…

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International Consortium on Quality in Substance Use Disorders Treatment (ICQ)

ICQ provides global leadership and a hub for organizations interested in promoting and improving the quality of substance use disorders (SUDs)…

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International Technology Transfer Center Network (ITTC Network)

The International Technology Transfer Center (ITTC) Network for…

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National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE)

Headquartered in Florida in the United States, the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) is a not-for-profit board dedicated to providing quality training, certification, and…

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA is the lead federal agency supporting scientific research on drug use and…

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The Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC)

The Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC) is a global alliance of practitioners in law enforcement and first response, behavioral health, community, advocacy, research, lived…

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Society for Prevention Research (SPR)

The Society for Prevention Research is an organization dedicated to advancing scientific investigation on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health, and academic problems…

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Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC)

The VNGOC provides a link between NGOs and the Vienna-based bodies involved in setting drug policy:

  • the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • the UN Commission on…

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