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Understanding Stigma and Cognitive Behavioural Interpersonal Skills- PAHO's online self-learning and tutor-guided cours

The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), jointly with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, will hold a new online self-learning and tutor-guided course "Understanding Stigma and Cognitive Behavioral Interpersonal Skills" from August 15 to November 30, 2022. The purpose of this course is to reduce mental health-related stigma and improve clinical and practice management skills among primary care providers when working with individuals experiencing mental health challenges.

WHO stakeholder survey on improving access to morphine for medical use

WHO launched a survey on assessing barriers, enablers, and pirority actions for improving access to morphine for medical use. All Civil Society Organisation can contribute by filling out the survey before 31 August 2022. The survey is available in all 6 UN languages for participation by relevant stakeholders: The purpose of the survey is to: Collect information about current situations on access to morphine and other strong opioids in countries for patients in need; Identify

UNODC conducted Regional Training of Trainers on UTC 13 in Central Asia

The UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia held a Regional Training of Trainers (ToT) on Course 13 – “Contingency Management: A Reinforcement Based Treatment” which took place in person in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 27-29 July 2022. This course is a part of the Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders (UTC training package). The twenty (20) members of the national team of trainers from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan attended the training

Further enhancing the implementation of quality standards in drug demand reduction across Europe

Project update QUALITY CHAMPIONS EVENTS - PALMA DE MALLORCA, 5TH-6TH MAY, 2022 This event, offered in a hybrid format, was attended by 68 participants –53 in person and 15 online—who presented and discussed initiatives on prevention, treatment and social re- integration, and harm reduction; and participated in working group discussions on transferability of the inspiring practices presented and the needs for successful implementation. Pre- sentations made are available at the Quality Champions Event Section of

The UNODC/PTRS demand reduction mentor at the UNODC Programme Office in Indonesia provided technical assistance to the National Narcotics Board (BNN) in conducting a national hybrid training for Government Officials on the UNODC Treatnet Family programme

On July 19th, 2022, the Director of Strengthening Government Institution, Deputy of Rehabilitation, BNN officially launched a national hybrid training on the UNODC Treatnet Family programme with 34 representatives from all BNN provinces and 6 BNN drug treatment centres across Indonesia. The training aims at strengthening the workforce of all BNN offices in each province and drug treatment centres through applying elements of family therapy for adolescents with substance use disorders and their families in

The UNODC Programme Office in Indonesia provided technical assistance to the National Narcotics Board (BNN) in conducting a national hybrid training for Government Officials on the UNODC Treatnet Family programme

On July 19th, 2022, the Director of Strengthening Government Institution, Deputy of Rehabilitation, BNN officially launched a national hybrid training on the UNODC Treatnet Family programme with 34 representatives from all BNN provinces and 6 BNN drug treatment centres across Indonesia. The training aims at strengthening the workforce of all BNN offices in each province and drug treatment centres through applying elements of family therapy for adolescents with substance use disorders and their families in

The UNODC Programme Office in Indonesia in collaboration with the National Narcotics Board (BNN) conducted a National Training for Government Officials and Practitioners on the UNODC Family United programme (Family-based prevention programme).

Family is a strategic institution to encourage fundamental changes in the process of child development. A family has risk or protective factors that influences the physical and psychosocial development of a child. This is proof of how important the family environment for individuals is, especially children. In this context, the Government of Indonesia sees interventions to strengthen family resilience as one urgent step in building resilient families, especially to protect children from the risk of

Depressão ou Tristeza?

Como saber se a tristeza é, na verdade, um caso de depressão? Tristeza e depressão são iguais? Perder um parente ou amigo querido, ser demitido de um emprego. Esses motivos podem deixar qualquer um triste. Para leigos, tristeza e depressão podem ser sinônimos, mas não são, e é importante saber as diferenças. Também é importante compreender a relação entre depressão e uso de drogas, para direcionar medidas interventivas mais eficazes, já que é preciso considerar

Seminar on “The International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking”

Seminar on “The International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking” Walk, Poster Competition, Presentation, Discussion, Q&A, Way Forward “Addressing drug challenges in health and humanitarian crises” International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking was observed on 26th June 2022 at Hotel Star Inn, Opp. Wapda office, Multan, Pakistan. This one-day seminar was organized by the EQUIP Research & Development Consultants in collaboration with the Ministry of Narcotics Control, Government of Pakistan, having the

Comic Strips’ Addicted: la dipendenza da gioco d’azzardo e le dipendenze digitali raccontate da un fumetto

Il servizio di Medicina delle Dipendenze (AOUI Verona), in occasione del Forum Nazionale sulle Dipendenze Patologiche “Addictus” che si terrà il 2-3-4 dicembre 2022 a Riva del Garda (TN), indice il Concorso “Comic Strips’ Addicted: la dipendenza da gioco d’azzardo e le dipendenze digitali raccontate da un fumetto”, finalizzato alla realizzazione di una storia breve a fumetti in lingua italiana. Le tavole ricevute e selezionate dalla Giuria come le più meritevoli saranno esposte in una

I edizione Concorso Letterario "Marco Faccini 2022: Racconti di ludopatia e dintorni"

Il servizio di Medicina delle Dipendenze (AOUI Verona) e CLAD Onlus, in occasione del Forum Nazionale sulle Dipendenze Patologiche "Addictus" che si terrà il 2-3-4 dicembre 2022 a Riva del Garda (TN) indice il Concorso Letterario " Racconti di ludopatia e dintorni", dedicato alla memoria del dr. Marco Faccini. L’obiettivo è quello di promuovere la scrittura nelle sue varie forme e premiare le opere che la Giuria riterrà più meritevoli, nel corso di una cerimonia

Family skills development is the most influential factor in substance use prevention

Mr. Md. Azizul Islam, Director General (Additional Charge), Additional Secretary, Department of Narcotics Control has said, it would not be possible to achieve SDG if we fail to control substance use and has requested everyone to step ahead being the Chief Guest of a discussion meeting, organized by Dhaka Ahsania Mission on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 11 am as part of observing the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The day is

Kenya to include smoking cessation drugs as essential medicines

The Ministry of Health has been advised to add two non-nicotine drugs to Kenya’s Essential Medicines List, to help smokers quit tobacco and nicotine addiction. The World Health Organization said the two drugs bring “a powerful shift in the fight against the tobacco epidemic.” The two are bupropion and varenicline, which are more effective than the current cessation drugs, which contain nicotine.

Denmark advises no alcohol consumption for under-18s

All young people aged under 18 have been advised not to drink alcohol in new guidelines issued by the Danish Health Authority. The advice is part of new general Danish recommendations on alcohol consumption, the health authority said in a statement. The new recommendation for under-18s not to drink alcohol at all is based on new knowledge of the detrimental effect on the development of the brain caused by alcohol in young people, the Danish

Singapore expands smoking ban

Singapore’s Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE), Sentosa Development Corp. (SDC) and several statutory boards have announced that the country’s smoking ban is to be extended. Under the new legislation, smoking will be prohibited in public parks and gardens and on recreational beaches. The ban will come into effect on 1 July 2022.

GRACE-International Rehabilitation Center (Beyond the Walls)

On July 6, 2022, a meeting was held at Grace Rehab Chinar Courts, a newly developed facility for the treatment and management of substance use and related psychiatric services, to honor the initiative of contributions in the field of substance use. The discussion took place about future collaborations for training and improving the facility and services in the field with the help of experienced professionals. Miss Nazish Idrees was invited as a guest to join

Ecolink Institute opens UTC training in Hindi

Ecolink Institute starts UTC training in Hindi Mangalore: The Mangalore based Ecolink Institute of well-being, an approved training provider of the Colombo Plan has started a special training on “Understanding addiction and its treatment models” in Hindi language from 6 July 2022. The training as per the Universal Treatment Curriculum will be imparted in collaboration with the Drug Advisory Program of the Colombo Plan as a certificate program. V.V.Lakshmi Narayana, former Additional Director of General

Another Milestone for Kenya: Launch of the National Standard on Management of Persons with Substance Use Disorders

According to the International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders (2020), the use of psychoactive drugs or narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances without medical supervision is associated with significant health risks. Backing this up the World Drug Report 2022 indicates that around 284 million people aged 15-64 used drugs worldwide in 2022, a 26 percent increase over the previous decade. Unfortunately, this translates to an accelerated impact on public health, drug use disorders

UNODC supports introduction of Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders in Central Asia

The UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia (UNODC ROCA) organized a Regional Training of Trainers (ToT) on Course 18 – “Clinical Supervision” of the Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders (UTC training package) from 20 to 24 June 2022 in Tashkent, the Republic of Uzbekistan with the generous support from U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. “Health-centered, human rights-based and gender-responsive approaches to drug

Introducing Training of Trainers (ToT) on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Advance course 9-15 in Pakistan

The country office Pakistan of “United Nation Office on Drug & Crime” (UNODC) is happy to offer the Training of Trainers (ToT) on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Advance course 9-15. We are inviting the application for ToT on following advances courses in Pakistan. Course 9: Pharmacology and SUD (3 days) Course 10: Managing Medication Assisted Treatment Programs (4 days) Course 11: Enhancing -Motivational Interviewing Skills (5 days) Course 12: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (4 days) Course

Jamaica to update national drug policy

From the Jamaica Observer, Monday 20th June, 2022 KINGSTON, Jamaica — National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, says the Government is taking the necessary steps to implement an updated National Policy and Plan of Action for Drug Control. “This updated National Drug Plan will provide the framework for all counter drug activities. These include institutional strengthening, demand and supply reduction, international cooperation and overall control measures,” Chang outlined. He was speaking at the recent two-day

ISSUP Italy event to commemorate World Drug Day on 26 June 2022

With the 42/112 Resolution of 7th December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26th June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (World Drug Day) as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. Supported each year by individuals, communities, and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major

Seminar on Role of Students against Drugs

Seminar on Role of Students against Drugs GC University Lahore organized a special program on drugs, Major General Ghulam Shabbir Narejo DG ANF Pakistan was chief guest and Brig Rashid Minhas RD ANF Punjab was special guest. Principal Prof. Dr. Asghar Zadi presided the said event. Syed Zulfiqar Hussain Consultant Anti Drugs Narcotics Campaign, Ms. Maria Ali Assistant Dir, ANF, Syed Mohsin, Dr Fouzia and members Civil Society, NGOs, students from different institutions also participated

Drug Awareness Campaign through Motivational Speaker

Drug Awareness Campaign through Motivational Speaker Syed Zulfiqar Husain, Director, Drug Advisory Training Hub (DATH) along with Mr. Adeel Rashid and Syed Mohsin met with Mr. Qasim Ali Shah Motivational Speaker regarding Drug Demand Reduction Program, new trend of addiction among youth, role of civil society at Qasim Ali Shah Foundation Lahore. Mr. Adeel Rashid vice chair highlighted the problems of drug addiction among youth and also highlighted the organizations system. Syed Zulfiqar Hussain Consultant/Expert

Inaugural Ceremony of Drug Rehab Centre

Inaugural Ceremony of Drug Rehab Centre Syed Zulfiqar Hussain, Consultant/Expert, Anti Drugs Narcotics Campaign inaugurated 2nd Branch Focus Rehab Center Gulberg III Lahore with Motivational speaker Syed Qasim Ali Shah, Dr. Ahsan ul Haq Chishti, Muhammad Bukash and Director Dr. Imran. Syed Mohsin, Adeel Rashid, Sofia Souhail psychologist and Ms. Nida Tahir psychologist also present on the occasion. Mr. Husain said that urgently 25000 thousands drug addicts need treatment facilities but only ono or two

WHA adopts Global Alcohol Action Plan

This article was first published in the GAPA Newsletter On Friday 27 May, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted the Global Alcohol Action Plan, in the making for two years. GAPA welcomes the decision by the WHA. Now words must be followed by action, globally and in the member countries. For that, adequate resources are needed, particularly in low and middle-income countries to address global inequities. In

Register to take part in "Motivational Quizzing" 2022

Test your knowledge of psychiatry and substance use disorders by taking part in the international online quiz "Motivational Quizzing"! Exciting prizes to be won! The event is co-sponsored by the Network of Early Career Professionals Working in Addiction Medicine (NECPAM), International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) and the Addiction Psychiatry Society of India. Prizes include: Top 10 Finalists: Offer of Membership to the Network of Early Career Professionals working in the area of Addiction Medicine