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Uno de cada seis jóvenes en bachillerato ha probado las drogas

La marihuana es la sustancia ilegal más usada, pero crece consumo de ‘popper’. Al menos 520 mil estudiantes de colegio, cuyas edades están entre los 12 y los 18 años, han consumido drogas por lo menos una vez en su vida. Esa cifra representa al 15,9 % de los escolares del país entre los grados séptimo y 11 (uno de cada seis) y confirma cómo el consumo se convirtió hace tiempo en un problema de

Substance Use Prevention Important to Achieve SDG Goals

World Leaders have been committed to fulfilling the 169 targets in achieving the 17 goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, among these Substance Use Prevention and Treatment is one of the most important targets. Substance Use Prevention activities have been included in the 7th five-year plan, prepared in light of the SDGs. This was mentioned in the UN SDG Goal-3 Seminar held at the Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) auditorium on June 30, 2018.

Intervenções via Internet para redução do consumo de álcool entre universitários: uma revisão sistemática

[RESUMO]. Objetivo. Identificar as principais modalidades de intervenções via Internet para limitar o uso de álcool por estudantes universitários e descrever os efeitos dessas intervenções sobre o consumo e as consequências do uso de álcool. Método. Esta é uma revisão sistemática com artigos disponíveis nas bases PubMed, PsycINFO e SciELO. Foram utilizados os termos de busca alcohol drinking AND Internet, sem restrição de data ou idioma. Foram critérios de inclusão: ser estudo randomizado controlado com

World Drug Day and World Drug Report Launch 2018

The 2018 theme of the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crime was "Listen First" which you can read more about on their website here . The website is available in multiple language formats. A series of fact sheets for policy makers with individual sheets targeting parents, teachers and prevention workers are available. The 26th June also saw the release of the World Drug Report 2018 . The report is split into 5 different booklets,

ISSUP Staff Team June Meeting

The ISSUP staff team met in June to discuss the coming months and updates to the website. The ISSUP team work remotely in various different locations internationally so it is great to come together face to face to work on big developments or nuanced tasks. The way in which ISSUP is growing was a focus point - we are seeing our membership newsletter subscribers growing and growing which is fantastic to see! We are also

June Student Membership Update

In our third Student Membership Update we have sourced some funding and research opportunities, and events that we are sure will be of interest. One great way to be more active in this field is to join ISSUP as a member and to contribute to our Knowledge Share and Forum . Humphrey Fellowship Program The Humphrey Fellowship Program sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a US government

Website Launched to Teach Youth about Risks of Cannabis

With legalization of recreational cannabis looming, The Schizophrenia Society of Canada wants young people to understand the risks of using the drug. The society has launched a new website to increase awareness. ‘Cannabis and Psychosis: Explore the Link’ aims to provide comprehensive and accessible information to help youth better understand the issue. The website states: “Regular cannabis use impacts the development of a chronic life-long psychotic disorder in at risk individuals and is associated with

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The 26th of June marks the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking . First observed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, the day is "an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse." The theme for the day is " Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and

Facebook Will Redirect Searches about Opiates to SAMHSA Support Services

Many news outlets are reporting on a newly introduced feature of Facebook to help support people who use opiate drugs. Anyone searching for opiates for sale through the social media platform's search bar or seeking out addiction treatment will be directed to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) federal crisis helpline. The new feature will not only reduce the opportunity for illicit and prescription drugs to be sold or traded through the

How the Opioid Crisis Is Depressing America's Labor Force

It's been a decade since the financial crisis drove up the unemployment rate in the U.S. and forced people in the prime of their careers to give up looking for work. Even today, as employers add jobs at a furious pace, the workforce participation rate still hasn't recovered. And now researchers think they know one reason why: the opioid crisis. According to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the percentage of

How Teenage Vaping Puts Structure in Place for Heroin and Cocaine Addiction

The rapid adoption of e-cigarettes has been driven, at least in part, by a huge jump in the potency of e-liquids. CIGARETTE SMOKING AMONG teenagers is on the wane. While data show smoking among teenagers has dropped over the past few years, it's not all good news. Teenagers are vaping nicotine instead. One in 8 – or 12 percent of – teenagers in New Jersey have tried e-cigarettes and/or hookah at least once. When cigarette

Auditor General Slams 'Unacceptable' Lack of Treatment for Mentally Ill Inmates

New Brunswick jails aren't offering any addiction treatment or therapy for mentally ill inmates, according to the province's auditor general. Kim MacPherson's investigation into treatment in jails revealed a patchwork system where no one is responsible for treating mentally ill or addicted inmates. In releasing her report Tuesday, MacPherson described a cycle where inmates lose access to addiction and mental health treatment behind bars, making them sicker. Justice system pays cost for inmates who don't

SAMHSA Announces $930 Million Funding Opportunity to Combat the Opioid Crisis

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is now accepting applications for $930 million in State Opioid Response Grants. SAMHSA will distribute funds to states and territories in support of their ongoing efforts to provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services to individuals with opioid use disorder. The State Opioid Response Grants aim to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to

Más de la mitad de los jóvenes tienen una relación de dependencia con los móviles

Los resultados de un estudio en el que han participado 1.276 personas de 80 países diferentes, todas ellas residentes en España o en países hispanohablantes, apuntan a que más de la mitad de los menores de 18 años experimentan problemas asociados al uso y abuso de los teléfonos móviles. El estudio ha incidido además en la relación entre la utilización excesiva de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación y los síntomas de estrés

Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Humphrey Fellowship Program, sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a US government international exchange program supported by the people of the United States. Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in both the public and the private sectors in a wide range of fields, including substance abuse education, treatment and prevention. Candidates in this field may be focused on problems

Using Technology in the Field of Substance Use

This special news article is focused on all things digital - exploring e-health, d-health, m-health and u-health. We wanted to shine a light on the ways technology is being used in substance use prevention, treatment and recovery. So what is e-health? When we talk about e-health we are exploring the opportunities in public health and health services for information and treatment to be enhanced by the use of the internet and other technologies. This might

Lessdrugs : an e-health approach to lifestyle management

Lessdrugs is an project supported by the EIT Health initiative. Bringing together Imperial College London , Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing and the University of Copenhagen the pilot project implements microlearning to explore choices about prescription drug use in older people. The approach, microlearning, "is a promising innovative education technique utilising small "nuggets" of information that consist of short movies, infographics, quizzes, polls or slides." The information can be communicated through social media and

Sideal Spanish Language App for Alcohol Use

Sideal is a self-help app available in Spanish for people experiencing alcohol dependance. The app offers advice on reducing consumption and abstinence. The app can be used to set and track goals that someone has set for themselves or one which has been developed with a clinician. If someone chooses to register through the app and begin to track their progress with the help of a professional then data can be synchronised and made available

Pennsylvania Hospital Becomes OUD Treatment Model after Working with PCSS during Pilot Program

Hanover Hospital and its affiliated healthcare clinics has become a model for how a healthcare system that is fully engaged in embracing evidence-based treatment of opioid use disorders can make significant change. A little more than a year ago, PCSS reached out to Hanover Hospital to participate in a five-state pilot program to create a medication assisted treatment (MAT) program. Since then, PCSS has worked closely with clinicians, administrators, and support staff to increase understanding

Treat Addiction Like Cancer

Likewise cancer, addiction is a complex disease that requires being addressed by an integral, balanced and multidisciplinary approach. Currently, within the healthcare systems, there are available treatment options for cancer that are evidence-based while for addiction have essentially developed outside the public sector, into a loosely organized care network composed mainly of non-integrated facilities or units that are run by private individuals or community-type organizations.

Webinar: Treatment and Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder: Overview

A webinar on opioid use disorder by Dr. Dennis McCarty is now available through the Addiction Technology Transfer Centre (ATTC) website . The hour long webinar took place in April 2018 and discusses treatment and prevention. The webinar format allowed viewers to download Dr McCarty's slides, make comments and then take part in a Q&A at the end of the session. Great Lakes ATTC, Northwest ATTC, and Pacific Southwest ATTC joined a team of NIDA's

Drug Addiction: Is Brain Stimulation the Answer?

Transcranial magnetic brain stimulation has allowed researchers to reduce how "excited" the brains of chronic cocaine and alcohol users become in response to drug cues. Drug addiction is a chronic disease affecting 5.4 percent of the population worldwide. In 2016, more than 64,000 people in the United States are thought to have died from a drug overdose. According to most recent estimates, about 21.5 million U.S. individuals aged 12 and above live with a substance

May Student Membership Update

In our second Student Membership Update we have sourced some funding and research opportunities, and events that we are sure will be of interest. One great way to be more active in this field is to join ISSUP as a member and to contribute to our Knowledge Share and Forum . PhD Opportunities Alcohol Policy and Science The University of York is offering a PhD Studentship in the Department of Health Sciences, The Transformative Research

National Prevention Week 2018

National Prevention week led by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) will take place from 13-19th May 2018. Each day focus will fall on a different topic - starting off with the theme of "Promotion of Mental Health and Wellness" on Monday. Themes for the rest of the week are: Prevention of Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse on Tuesday; Prevention of Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse on Wednesday; Prevention of Illicit Drug Use

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