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ISSUP Staff Team Meeting

This week the ISSUP team has come together for its annual staff meeting. The meeting has offered a chance to reflect on the organisation’s achievements over the past year, as well as to plan for the year ahead to further ISSUP’s contribution to the professionalisation of the substance use prevention, treatment and recovery workforce.

Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

SAMHSA is committed to improving prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for mental and substance use disorders. This new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice

UNODC-WHO Training in Argentina on the Management of Substance Use & Substance Use Disorders during Pregnancy

A total of 35 participants took part in this training that was organized by WHO and UNODC together with PAHO, SEDRONAR, Hospital der Mar, and the generous support from the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) on 11-13 November 2019, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This training aimed at providing technical guidance for health care providers managing women from conception to birth and during the postnatal period, and their infants,

Training of Professionals on Preventing Substance Abuse in Schools and the Community

First Milestone Achieved: Successfully completed Training of Professionals on Preventing Substance Abuse in Schools and Community @ at PASK Hall 16 - 17 November, 2019 Karachi, Pakistan In the first phase of the project 32 young professionals were trained in schools and the community. These 32 trained young professionals will assist and execute more prevention programs in schools and the community to educate young students in substance use prevention. A project supported by UNDP Pakistan

Parent Marijuana Use Associated With Substance Use in Children

New research explores some of the long-term impacts of marijuana use in families. The study revealed that the children of parents who reported marijuana use during their teenage years were significantly more likely to report substance use than the children of those who did not. The results also indicated that children whose parents reported a history of marijuana use later on in adulthood had children slightly more likely to have lower grades and attentional difficulties,

Women and Children are the Emerging Face of Drug Addiction in Afghanistan

Q breaks into song, and the lyrics reflect something of himself: "My heart aches, my heart aches and my heart aches," he croons. The 10-year-old hopes to go professional one day, but his mother says that first, he has to break his addiction to heroin. Q began smoking his father's heroin in the summer, unnoticed by his parents, both addicts whose lives revolved around getting high and staying high. "I felt really happy. I felt

Managaluru Police Cracks Whips against Substance Use

With the police department’s repeated pleas to educational institutes to crack the whip against rampant substance abuse in their campuses and hostels falling on deaf years, the police have warned they will raid the institutions armed with search warrants. The diktat comes after the police learnt that campuses and hostels have become havens for drug peddling and consumption.

Substance Abuse in Northeast India: Nearly 20 % more than other States

The rot in Northeast India’s substance abuse problem runs deep. A recent study shows that the prevalence of any type of substance abuse - smoking, smokeless tobacco products, alcohol - in men in Northeastern states is much higher (20 percent more) than the rest of India. But education and participation in activities such as sports and music can go a long way in curbing substance abuse in the region, according to study authors Nandita Saikia

Bhopal: Even 5-Year-Olds Are Falling Prey to Substance Abuse

Drug addiction or substance abuse is on a high in the city, but what rings alarm bells is the fact that the age bracket for substance abuse has fallen to as low as five years. Recently, a joint team of Childline and police found seven children were found lying unconscious near a public toilet in New Market TT Nagar. They were all in age group of 5-14 years! Police found liquid adhesive, a solution which

Dependência Química: Quais são os tipos de tratamento

Muitas pessoas não sabem que dependência química é uma doença crônica que possui tratamento. Ela se caracteriza pelo abuso de álcool, maconha, cocaína, crack ou outras substâncias entorpecentes, lícitas ou ilícitas. Esse tipo de doença afeta todos os aspectos da vida de um indivíduo e pode ser causado por múltiplos fatores genéticos, ambientais, sociais, familiares e individuais. A facilidade de acesso às drogas aumenta a incidência desse transtorno no mundo, tornando o tratamento e prevenção

Jersey and Guernsey Sign up to WHO's Tobacco Control

A public health treaty set up to cut tobacco-related diseases and deaths has been extended to Jersey and Guernsey by the UK. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the distinguished global tobacco control instrument that sets the foundation for reducing both demand for and supply of tobacco products and providing a clear guidance for tobacco control policy at all levels. In order to sign up as a member, countries have to

Lift Up! “Prevention of Violence against Women Living with People with Substance Use Disorder

Lift Up! “Prevention of Violence against Women Living with People with Substance Use Disorder” Special thanks to the Institute of Clinical Psychology UoK, Pakistan US Alumni Network, Initiator Hdf SNYC, DFPF, Wajid Ali Rizwan Jaffar , Dr Uzma Ali , Dr. Shafaq Ali , Dr. Salman Baig , Muhammad Sohail Malik , Dr Madeeha, Ahmad Shah , Mrs Wajid Ali, DSP Khalid Ansari, Paras Ali , Naveed Iqbal and every individual who contributed for a

Prevention of Drug Abuse and HIV for Students in Sri Lanka

Prevention of drug abuse and HIV for G.C.E A/L students have conducted a prevention program on drug abuse and HIV for the G.C.E A/L students of the Kalmunai zone with the permission of the Education Ministry of Srilanka. The program was conducted by the Lions Club and the Rotary Club. Delegates from the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board and Alcohol and Drug Information Center participated as the resource personals. This is the 18th program of

Introduction of Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol approved in Welsh Assembly Vote

The Welsh Government will introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol of 50p from 2 March 2020, with regulations today being approved by the National Assembly for Wales. The new law supports the Welsh Government’s work to address harmful drinking by tackling the availability and affordability of cheap, strong alcohol, which is part of wider efforts to improve and protect the health of the population of Wales. Researchers have suggested that the proposed changes would:

Launch of 'Sobriety, Abstinence & Moderation' Research Cluster

With recent declines in drinking rates across parts of the world including Europe and Australia – particularly amongst younger people – and the rise of ‘positive sobriety’ movements, ‘dry months’ and online communities, further research into the lived experiences, representations and challenges of drinking moderately or not at all is timely and important. The Drinking Studies Network is launching a new cluster that will open a discussion about historic and contemporary drinking cultures. Research within

First Results of Regulating Alcohol Marketing on Social Media in Finland

Social media is being used by the alcohol industry as a platform to promote their products. This has raised concerns about adolescents’ exposure to alcohol advertising, as social media is extensively used by young people. Through the Alcohol Act, Finland became the first country in the world to monitor and regulate social media for alcohol-related content. The Finnish Alcohol Act restricts social media alcohol adverts in the following three ways: the use of interactive games,

New Regulations to Stop Alcohol Being Advertised Around Children Introduced in Ireland

Ireland has introduced new legislation to reduce child exposure to alcohol advertisements and products. Alcohol advertising in or on public transport, at public transport stations, and within 200 metres of a school, creche, or local authority playground will be prohibited. Cinemas will be banned from advertising alcohol except around films with an 18 age classification. All children’s clothing that promotes alcohol will also be discontinued. Health Minister Simon Harris said: “Studies report consistently that exposure

“Prevention Map” Meeting Takes Place in Washington, DC

With the aim of discussing outstanding issues concerning the prevention area of the drug demand reduction effort, a meeting took place in Washington, DC hosted by OAS/CICAD. The focus of the meeting was to consider the concept of creating a “Prevention Map” that could be developed and offered through ISSUP as part of the Professional Development section of its website.

Viet Nam - UNODC Discussing Cooperation in Drug Prevention and Treatment

Currently, relevant ministries and agencies in Vietnam are studying, supplementing and amending the Law on Drug Prevention and Control to meet the current situation and practical requirements, including the section on drug prevention and treatment. The support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the development of this component is essential and a very timely workshop for policy makers on the nature, prevention and treatment of drug use disorders was held

Six Days Training Workshop of UTC 5 & 8 for Addiction Professionals of Pakistan Organized by M A Jinnah Foundation, Nishan Rehab & ISSUP Pakistan

M A Jinnah Foundation(Regd), Sialkot in collaboration with Nishan Rehab Pakistan (an approved Education Provider by Colombo Plan DAP) organized six days training workshop on Universal Treatment Curriculum for Addiction Professional UTC 5 (Intake, Assessment, Screening, Documentation & Treatment Planning) and UTC Ethics for Addiction Professionals from 1st - 6th November, 2019 at New Life Rehab, Center for Drug Prevention, Treatment & Rehabilitation opposite KFC near the general bus stand, Sialkot which is sponsored by

Position of the European Society for Prevention Research on Ineffective and Potentially Harmful Approaches in Substance Use Prevention

"Prevention methods using shock tactics are proven to be ineffective. Nevertheless, strategies based on predominantly providing information about the dangers of substance use are widespread in Europe. The European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) is concerned about those so-called prevention strategies. It calls on decisionmakers, influencers and policymakers to use scientific proof of effectiveness as a criterion for exposing our youth to prevention methods and not to spend public money on rather commercial offers, since

UK Parents' Drinking Negatively Affects Over a Third of Children

The physical and psychological harm caused by heavy alcohol consumption to the individual drinking is often clear. What is often less obvious, is the damage an individuals alcohol consumption can have to the people around them. A recent study has examined the impact of parental drinking on children. A total of 997 parents and their children completed the surveys that asked questions about levels of parent alcohol consumption, why they were choosing to drink, and

Alcohol Industry in France Oppose Dry January

The alcohol industry in France have begun their protest against the dry January campaign proposed by the French Health Minister Dr Agnès Buzyn. The campaign is designed to encourage people to abstain from alcohol for one month. It is hoped to encourage reflection on the potential harms of alcohol and the benefits of cutting down drinking. So far, 8 wine companies have openly protested about the proposed campaign, putting forward arguments about alcohol consumption in

Relações mesossistêmicas entre família, escola e instituição de apoio social: um estudo sobre a prevenção à drogadição

Um estudo realizado pelo Mestre em Psicologia - Evaldo de Souza Fernandes, da Universidade de Brasília, abordou diversos pontos sobre a prevenção ao uso de substâncias, no quesito familiar, escolar e social. O uso de drogas ganhou destaque nas últimas décadas do século XX. De acordo com as estatísticas, entre 3,5% e 7,0% da população mundial na faixa etária dos 15 aos 64 anos são usuárias de algum tipo de droga ilícita. Hoje em dia,