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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

How Can We Change Drinking Behaviours among ‘Baby Boomers’?

The term ‘baby boomer’ refers to those born during 1946-1964. In the UK, they account for around 25% of the population. Studies have found that baby boomers indulge in more dangerous drinking behaviour than younger generations. For example, between 1992-2006, alcohol consumption among baby boomers (aged 45-64) increased by 85%, compared to 50% for over 65s and 24% for those aged 16-24. Similar studies report increased alcohol-related deaths and a higher prevalence of alcohol-related hospital

Leia e assine a Carta aberta do “Fórum Permanente de Mobilização Contra as Drogas”

O Fórum Permanente de Mobilização Contra as Drogas foi lançado pelo Ministério da Cidadania na quarta-feira, 12 de fevereiro de 2020, em Brasília e fez um chamamento para que entidades e sociedade participem do trabalho de prevenção e do combate às drogas. Além do empenho do governo federal em investir em políticas públicas efetivas na defesa e assistência aos dependentes químicos e familiares, a mobilização alertou para os malefícios do uso de entorpecentes. A proposta

Drug Related Deaths in Finland Increase by 25% in One Year

According to data published by Statistics Finland, the number of drug-related deaths in one year has increased by 25% in 2018. Causes of death included accidental poisonings from multiple substances, deaths caused by long-term drug use, and drugs used to commit suicide. The increase in drug-related deaths was observed in all age groups but, especially, in the 20–29 group. It was noted that in Finland, drug-related deaths are concentrated within younger age groups compared to

Invitation to Tender: Low and No Alcohol Drinks

Alcohol Change UK is commissioning a literature and policy review about low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks. Low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks appear to be gaining market share, attention within the drinks industry, public awareness and popularity, and political focus. There is, however, next to no evidence about the effect they have on drinkers and the population as a whole. Alcohol Change UK, therefore, wish to commission a literature and policy review to start to fill the evidence

SPR: Call for Papers for Special Issue

The Society for Prevention Research is gathering research for a forthcoming special issue of the journal Prevention Science. The title of the special edition is “Transparency, Openness, and Reproducibility: Implications for the Field of Prevention Science”. There are ongoing concerns about research waste, scientific misconduct, and lack of replication. To safeguard the credibility of the scientific enterprise, researchers and other interested stakeholders have begun to list, develop, and implement transparent, open, and reproducible workflows. This

SPR: Call for Emerging, Hot Topic Abstracts

The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) welcome you to submit an “emerging, hot topic” abstract for an individual poster presentation, an organized paper symposium or a roundtable discussion/scientific dialogue at the SPR 2020 Annual Meeting. Consider submitting if your research, methodology, policy work, or new data represent an emerging, hot topic issue, and especially if it relates to the overall conference theme of “Why Context Matters: Towards a Place-Based Prevention Science.” The category will focus

Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol Introduced in Wales

From the 2nd of March, Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol will come into effect in Wales. The policy, which has shown positive outcomes in Scotland, aims to tackle alcohol-related harm and death. MUP is designed to reduce the amount of low cost, high strength products. Although the law enabling the Welsh Government to set a minimum unit price was passed on 9 August 2018, there have been delays to the introduction of MUP due

Smoking Greatly Increases Risk of Complications after Surgery

A joint study conducted by the World Health Organization and the University of Newcastle in Australia has found that people who quit smoking tobacco at least four weeks before they undergo surgery have a lower risk of complication and show better results six months later. The researchers found that patients were less likely to suffer from post-surgical infections and were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital for additional care. Nicotine and carbon monoxide

Meeting with Deputy Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control in Islamabad

Meeting with Mr. Abdul Hamid Deputy Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control Pakistan at his office on 24th January, 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan along with Mr. Bashir Ahmad Naz President ISSUP Pakistan, Ms. Saima Asghar Director ISSUP Pakistan, Dr. Talat Habib Director Nishan Rehab, Mr. Muhammad Aslam President M A Jinnah Foundation (Regd), Sialkot and Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad Director ISSUP Pakistan to discuss upcoming ISSUP Pakistan's event and activities.

“Introduction to U.S. Grants” Workshop

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020 the “Introduction to U.S. Grants” Workshop was organized by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan at the Lincoln Corner PACC Pakistan American Cultural Center (PACC) 1 Fatima Jinnah Road, Karachi Cantonment. U.S. Grants opportunity, proposal and program budgeting were discussed in brief. More than 50 non-governmental organizations representative participated in this workshop.

Uso Nocivo de Álcool e Outras Drogas: Desafio para a Sociedade Brasileira

O uso nocivo de álcool e outras drogas é tema que, frequentemente, a sociedade brasileira discute, mas por sua amplitude e complexidade, também, é assunto que retorna ao debate em razão da profundidade das suas causas e da severidade dos seus efeitos, além de exigir abordagem sistemática e contínua. A legislação brasileira cuida da questão das drogas, propondo ações de prevenção, tratamento e reinserção social que são exigidas dos entes federados cuja execução requer suporte

Palestra do Dr. William Crano no 6º Congresso Internacional Freemind

No 6º Congresso Internacional Freemind, realizado de 04 a 07 de dezembro de 2019, em Águas de Lindóia/SP – Brasil, contamos com a presença do Dr. William D. Crano, que ocupa a cadeira Oskamp e é professor de psicologia na Divisão de Ciências Comportamentais e Organizacionais da Claremont Graduate University. Dr. William participou de um Painel cujo tema era “O cigarro comum e novas maneiras de se intoxicar com nicotina” e abordou a questão do

Roadmap to a Smokefree 2030

In July 2019, the UK Government set out its ambition for England to be smokefree by 2030. Government guidelines say the next steps should have been announced by 6th January 2020, but it has yet to do so. Several key charities, including ASH, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Royal College of Physicians, the British Medical Association, the British Lung Foundation, and the Royal Society for Public Health, has called on the UK government to

Pesquisadoras da UGFG desenvolvem partícula que reverte overdose por cocaína

Uma pesquisa realizada na Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) – Brasil desenvolveu uma partícula capaz de capturar a cocaína em circulação no sangue de um organismo vivo. A formulação se mostrou eficiente até mesmo em doses letais da droga, o que significa que ela consegue reverter um quadro de overdose que levaria à morte. É a primeira vez que uma partícula produzida a partir de nanotecnologia é utilizada com essa finalidade. O trabalho foi desenvolvido

Família: Fator de Risco ou Proteção?

A cidade de Água Branca, no estado do Piauí desenvolveu o Projeto “Viver bem é viver sem drogas”, em virtude de inúmeras demandas de famílias em sofrimento decorrentes desses fatores. O Núcleo de Apoio à Saúde da Família de Água Branca recebe frequentemente famílias encaminhadas pelas Estratégias Saúde da Família em intenso sofrimento devido ao uso de drogas por um ou mais membros da família. O Projeto visa atuar de forma preventiva, reforçando a qualidade

Tratamento de comorbidades associadas à dependência de drogas

COMORBIDADE Comorbidade pode ser definida como a coocorrência de duas ou mais enfermidades ou transtornos, em uma mesma pessoa, num determinado período de tempo (ou por tempo indeterminado). A manifestação de transtornos mentais e de comportamento, decorrentes do uso de drogas e de outros transtornos psiquiátricos, vem sendo bastante estudada desde os anos 80. Pode-se dizer que o abuso de substâncias psicoativas é o transtorno coexistente mais frequente entre os portadores de transtornos mentais, sendo

Drugs: a complex problem. Prevention: the only way!

Drugs are problems that integrate virtually all contemporary societies, causing great social and economic impacts. In Brazil, illicit drugs also finance crime and violence, so their fight remains a huge challenge for our country. Most users are young and start using these substances still at school, at an increasingly premature age. The truth is that, both in large metropolises and in regions farther from Brazilian territory, consumption and addiction start more and earlier. According to

Training on the Universal Curriculum for Substance Use - Implementers Series (UPC1), Core Course for Afghanistan Cohort 2

Colombo, Sri Lanka 18-26 January 2020 By Rogers Kasirye The workshop started on 18th January organized by Colombo/ INL for the support in undertaking the training programme for Afghanistan entitled Training on the Universal Curriculum for Substance Use - Implementers Series (UPC1), core course for Afghanistan Cohort 2. The participants who attended the workshop were to be equipped with skills, correct attitude and knowledge with regard to the Science of substance use prevention. The facilitators

UK Drug Treatment - Lessons from History for the Future

On 7th November 2019, Public Health England released their adult substance misuse treatment statistics report. During the reporting year, a total of 268,251 adults were in contact with drug and alcohol treatment services, between April 2018 and March 2019. To put this in to context, that figure equates to more than the total population of the city where I live, Wolverhampton (est. 258,440 in September 2017). For each person that touched the treatment system that

Call for Team Applications: Fifteenth Annual Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup

Significant advances in prevention science are often due to a team of individuals working closely together across many years. In recognition of the importance of the collaborative process to the field, the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) will sponsor a friendly competition amongst teams of early career researchers for the honour of bringing home the Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup. The Cup is named for two of the founders and long-time active members of SPR

OBID entrevista a pesquisadora Sanela Talic

O que é prevenção? Penso que a definição de "ciência da prevenção" pela Rede Acadêmica de Ciência para Prevenção (SPAN) abrange totalmente o papel desse campo. É um campo muito rico em termos de combinação e uso do conhecimento de muitas disciplinas para considerar etiologia, epidemiologia, desenho de intervenção, eficácia e implementação para a prevenção de uma variedade de problemas sociais e de saúde. Não falamos apenas sobre prevenção ao uso de substâncias, mas também

Conheça o Projeto “Balada com Ciência”

O surgimento da ideia: Não dá para negar: muita coisa acontece na balada! Algumas legais e outras nem tanto... Algumas decisões tomadas sob o efeito do álcool e outras drogas podem ter implicações para o resto da vida. Outras, nem tanto... Achados internacionais mostram que o excesso de ingestão de bebidas alcoólicas e outras drogas nas casas noturnas e bares está associado a mais episódios de agressão física, comportamento sexual de risco, violência sexual e

Engaging Youth in Substance Use Prevention (EYTSUP) - 2019/2020

Project Goals To educate and train professionals and students on preventing their societies from the hazardous effects of substance use. Key Achievements During Project It was initially intended to invite 20 professionals from different portfolios of Aga Khan Social Welfare Board (AKSWB) and Aga Khan Education Services (AKESP) for Karachi but due to overwhelming response and extensive interest of Aga Khan Social Welfare Board (AKSWB) and Aga Khan Education Services (AKESP) they sent the nomination

SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists)

SALIS (http://www.salis.org) is an international, non-governmental, non-profit, organization. It is a network for information professionals, librarians, prevention specialists, addiction professionals, researchers, and others working in or interested in the literature and information resources in the alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs field. The primary purpose of SALIS is to promote the use of objective, accurate, thorough, and timely alcohol, tobacco, and other drug information, as well as to advocate for the interchange, accessibility, and preservation of

Universal Treatment Curricula (UTC) Refresher Training and International Certified Addiction Professional (ICAP) Examination for Treatment Practitioners in Pakistan

Working jointly the International Society of Substance Use Professional (ISSUP) Pakistan National Chapter and Drug Advisory Program (DAP) of the Colombo Plan, in collaboration with the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Pakistan, organized a three-day UTC refresher training followed by ICAP examination for Pakistani substance use treatment professionals on November 21-24, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. A total of 86 treatment practitioners including 37 from Punjab province, 22

National Youth Convention & Poster Competition in Lahore, Pakistan

Free Registration! For great learning opportunity about substance use prevention. The International Society of Substance Use Professionals National Chapter in Pakistan and Youth Forum Pakistan (For drug abuse prevention among youth) are organising a NATIONAL YOUTH CONVENTION and the 1st poster competition with the theme of "PAINT FOR DRUG FREE PAKISTAN" on 6th of February, 2020 from 09:00 am to 0:500 pm at Al Hamra Art Council Lahore. Youth from all provinces of Pakistan including

PhD studentships- SSA

Overall purpose: to provide the opportunity to pursue a PhD in addiction science registered at a UK university and hosted at an appropriate organisation which, in the opinion of the Trustees (or officers with devolved authority), furthers the aims of the SSA. The SSA aims to provide up to two full-time studentships per year. Scope: No restrictions are placed on the precise topic of proposed PhD study, except that it must address areas which support

Prescription Opioid Use among Military Veterans

There is growing concern about levels of opioid misuse amongst military veterans. Conditions, such as PTSD, brain injury, and chronic pain, elevate the risk among this population. In a recent study, conducted by psychology professor Kaston Anderson-Carpenter- a behavioural and social scientist at Michigan State University, concerning trends became apparent amongst particular groups of veterans- namely bisexual veterans and veterans over the age of 50. The research found that: Bisexual women veterans are especially at

Alcohol-Related Deaths Increasing in the United States

There has been a steady rise in deaths caused by alcohol, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The research examined U.S. death certificate data from 1999 to 2017, classing deaths as alcohol-related if an alcohol-induced cause was listed as the underlying cause or as a contributing cause of death. The team found that, in 2017, nearly half of