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 supports a Quality Assurance Training for Drug Use Disorder Treatment Services in Senegal

The UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) and the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section in Vienna (PTRS), organized from June 14th to June 18th, an online Quality Assurance training, benefitting 16 drug treatment and care services providers in Senegal. In 2016, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization launched the ‘International Standards of Treatment of Drug Use Disorders” at the United Nations Special Assembly Session on

Further Enhancing the Implementation of Quality Standards in Drug Demand Reduction Across Europe

The EU Strategy 2021-2025 puts further emphasis on QS and evidence-based interventions. Yet, the extent and ways in which QS are implemented in daily practices of drug prevention, treatment and harm reduction in the EU varies substantially. Some countries have successfully implemented QS. The general objective of this project is to enhance the implementation of QS in drug prevention, treatment and harm reduction throughout the EU, with more services, organizations and countries applying QS in

President Biden issues proclamation for overdose awareness week

President Biden issued the first ever Presidential Proclamation recognizing August 29, 2021 – September 4, 2021 as Overdose Awareness Week – a time to honor the lives lost to the overdose epidemic and recommit to both preventing overdoses and supporting individuals with substance use disorder. In the Proclamation, President Biden reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to implementing a strong response to the overdose epidemic and expanding access to evidence-based prevention, treatment and harm reduction efforts, reducing

Monitoring and evaluation for community based prevention systems

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are essential in strengthening Community-Based Prevention Implementation Systems, through this process organizations collect and analyze data, and determine if the Substance use prevention- intervention (EBIs) is attaining (has fulfilled) its desired goal. Monitoring begin right away from inception and extends through program or project life like process or outcome evaluation. “Evaluate what you want because what gets measured gets produced “said James Belasco. Every organization need to have monitoring and evaluation

Como os educadores avaliam a prevenção nos ambientes escolares

O Freemind há muitos anos vem priorizando a questão da prevenção ao uso de substâncias psicoativas, por entender que esse é o caminho para minimizar os problemas decorrentes desse uso e tem trabalhado com pais, educadores e profissionais da área para levar capacitação de qualidade, baseada em evidência científica para todo esse público. A cada dia que passa vemos que a idade de início da experimentação está menor, o que é um dado por si

Latin American Journal of Mental Health and Therapeutic Communities- Call for Papers

The Latin American Journal of Mental Health and Therapeutic Communities (RELASMECT) is an initiative that gather professionals from all over Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States, focused on the creation and dissemination of quality knowledge that can contribute to the improvement of prevention and treatment of addiction and other mental disorders. Mission Publishing scientific articles that contribute to share comprehensive information on Mental Health and Therapeutic Communities. Purpose Provide ways for socialization

Ecolink Institute opens Alumni Association of UTC students

Ecolink Institute opens Alumni Association of UTC students The students of the Universal Treatment Curriculum on Substance Use Disorder under the Ecolink Institute have opened an International Alumni Association to strengthen and promote evidence based practices in the field of SUD. The Ecolink-UTC Alumni association was formally inaugurated on 31 July by Ms. Shanthi Ranganathan, a veteran Indian social worker during the graduation ceremony of the 3rd batch of UTC students. Shanthi Ranganathan is the

Ecolink Institute successfully completes its 3rd Batch on UTC training

Ecolink Institute successfully completes its 3rd Batch on UTC training Mangalore: Ecolink Institute of Well-being, an India based training Institute who pioneered online live training of the Universal Treatment Curriculum successfully completed its 3rd international batch recently. Padmashree Shanthi Ranganathan, founder of TTK Hospital and an internationally known SUD activist chaired the closing ceremony and gave her closing remarks. She said it was an outstanding achievement for Ecolink to offer this training to students from

Recognising the human need for community in addiction treatment

Over the past two years, in an attempt to reduce the spread of coronavirus, countries around the world have imposed a range of restrictions and social distancing measures. For social scientists and practitioners, this has led to discussion around the importance of connectedness and what happens when physical contact with each other is limited. This article explores the impact for people who use substances, which includes a shift in drug markets, an increase in isolation

Community-based prevention implementation system in Uganda

Uganda is one of the countries in East Africa with an outdated policy on substance use and abuse. The World Health Organization highlights Uganda as a country with hazardous drinking patterns due to the high prevalence of alcohol consumption and heavy episodic and underage drinking. Uganda’s alcohol per capita consumption of 9.8 liters is among the highest in Africa. Research shows that substance use and abuse destroy families and communities; burden productivity and keep children

Building an effective community team and assessing community needs

In Uganda for any substance use prevention to yield positive outcomes, it should be backed by facts on community readiness. Interventions such as “Community That Care’’ (CTC) is one example of the evidence-based model that uses a proven community change process designed to reduce youth violence, alcohol and tobacco use as well as delinquency. Promoting School Community-University Partnership to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) is another model. Before adopting any evidence-based intervention like CTC or PROSPER, this

Alcohol Awareness Week 2021

Alcohol Awareness Week is a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. This year's Alcohol Awareness Week takes place from 15-21 November 2021 on the theme of Alcohol and relationships. Alcohol Awareness Week is coordinated by, Alcohol Change UK. You can find out more about the campain and theme for Alcohol Awareness Week here. You can also read the alcohol awarenss week blog, which includes stories about the lives of those struggling with alcohol-

UNODC launches new webpage to expand access to essential HIV health and social services

The UNODC Regional Programme Office for Eastern Europe (Kyiv, Ukraine), in cooperation with the Charitable Fund “Humanitarian Action” (Saint Petersburg, Russia), launches a new website on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) ( The website serves as an online platform for key populations including people who use new psychoactive substances (NPS)/stimulants and service providers working with the risk groups. The website is full of useful content on the prevention of HIV infection and other diseases, on various

Webinar Rehabilitation for Clients in the Criminal Justice System “Challenges and opportunities for drug rehabilitation practitioners"

In an effort to tackle the problem of abuse and illicit trafficking of narcotics, psychotropics and addictive substances, the government has enacted Law no. 35 of 2009 concerning Narcotics. Basically, the sanctions regulated in the Narcotics Law adhere to a double track system, namely in the form of criminal sanctions and action sanctions. In its development, narcotics abuse and addicts no longer lead to imprisonment but instead leads to the rehabilitation of substance use disorders

A codependência pode te impedir de ser independente

Os membros da família com transtornos por uso de substâncias podem impedir que outras pessoas da família vivam alegremente suas próprias vidas. Quando começamos a proteger os sentimentos de outra pessoa, muitas vezes percebemos que estávamos tentando proteger nossos próprios sentimentos. Estar emocionalmente conectado aos altos e baixos de outra pessoa pode tirar a identidade, integridade, felicidade e individualidade que já tivemos. Os membros da família que possibilitam, ou são codependentes, alcançam algo com o

Notice - Scientific Journal

Latin American Journal of Mental Health and Therapeutic Communities The Latin American Journal of Mental and Therapeutic Health – RELASMECT is an initiative that brings together professionals from all over Latin America, the Caribbean europe and the United States, focused on the creation and dissemination of quality knowledge that can contribute to the improvement of programs for the prevention and treatment of chemical dependence and other mental disorders. Submit your article and learn more about

Listen First- What the Experts are Saying

'Listen First' is an initiative to increase support for the prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities. Listen First was launched in 2016 during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem. It began as a campaign on science-based drug prevention to raise awareness around listening to children and youth

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction: Call for Papers

A special issue of the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction will be devoted to empirical papers and related to Stigma, Mental Illness and Substance Use. The special issue is intended to highlight a broad range of issues, perspectives and stigma reduction approaches from anthropology, history, medicine, policy sciences, psychiatry, psychology, public health, social sciences. The International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction are particularly interested in manuscripts that discuss and evaluate and different

Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2020

In 2020,1339 drug-related deaths were registered in Scotland. This is a 5% increase compared to figures from 2019. Other key findings show: The number of drug-related deaths has increased substantially over the last 20 years – there were 4½ times as many deaths in 2020 compared with 2000. Men were 2.7 times as likely to have a drug-related death than women, after adjusting for age. After adjusting for age, people in the most deprived parts

Atividade de prevenção às drogas nas escolas

EAPREVE: Mais exemplos de atividades para prevenção às drogas nas escolas Em minha postagem anterior, contei um pouco sobre o programa EAPREVE, que é um programa de prevenção ao uso de drogas presente na Escola de Aplicação da FEUSP (Butantã, São Paulo, SP) desde 2000. Apresentei, brevemente, algumas atividades que realizamos com os alunos do 6º ano do Ensino Fundamental ao 3º ano do Ensino Médio. Tais atividades ocorrem dentro da grade horária dos alunos

Risco de Câncer aumenta com consumo de álcool?

Um estudo publicado no último dia 13 de julho pela revista científica The Lancet Oncology atribuiu ao consumo de álcool mais de 4% de todos os novos casos de câncer em 2020. Câncer – o que é? Câncer é um termo que abrange mais de 100 diferentes tipos de doenças malignas que têm em comum o crescimento desordenado de células, que podem invadir tecidos adjacentes ou órgãos a distância. Dividindo-se rapidamente, estas células tendem a

Words matter: language can reduce mental health and addiction stigma, NIH leaders say

In a perspective published in Neuropsychopharmacology, leaders from the National Institutes of Health address how using appropriate language to describe mental illness and addiction can help to reduce stigma and improve how people with these conditions are treated in health care settings and throughout society. The authors define stigma as negative attitudes toward people that are based on certain distinguishing characteristics. More than a decade of research has shown that stigma contributes significantly to negative

Call for Abstracts: Society For Research On Nicotine and Tobacco

The Annual Meeting will be held on March 2-5 2022, and is currently scheduled to take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Center in Edinburgh, Scotland. The SRNT 2022 Annual Meeting may be a hybrid (part in person, part virtual) or entirely virtual, depending on how things play out in the coming months. A final decision about the meeting format (face-to-face hybrid virtual component vs. entirely virtual) will not be made for some time. In

Dame Carol Black's Independent Review of Drugs in England

The second part of Dame Carol Black’s Independent Review of Drugs has been published. This report is the second part of a major independent review by Professor Dame Carol Black into the misuse of illegal drugs in England. The first part of the review was commissioned by the Home Office and produced the phase one report, which looked at the challenges around drug supply and demand and was published in February 2020. Dame Carol was

Kenya launches National Guidelines for Alcohol and Substance Use Prevention and Management in Basic Learning Institutions, 2021

Kenya has added another landmark in substance use prevention and management. In the midst of a pandemic and unprecedented situation, Kenya has developed and launched the National Guidelines for Alcohol and Substance Use Prevention and Management in Basic Education Institutions, 2021. The Kenya National Education Sector Strategic Plan (2018-2022) prioritises mainstreaming of crosscutting and contemporary issues and value system in education and training. One of its envisioned goal is to reduce school violence, radicalisation, extremism