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UNODC Prevention, Treatment & Rehabilitation Section: Questionnaire on COVID-19 and Drug Use Disorder Treatment Services

The Prevention, Treatment & Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) of UNODC developed a questionnaire to gather insights into the current challenges and responses to COVID-19 and the continuity of drug treatment services. The questionnaire is intended for treatment service providers and it looks at the impact of the delivery of treatment services and the measures of adaptation to the COVID-19 crisis, specifically what has been done in different places that have proven useful for service continuity. PTRS

Physical Activity and Substance Use Disorders and Wellbeing

Listed below are two newly published papers and previously published news articles/blogs addressing the role of exercise, physical activity and sport in managing and preventing substance use disorders and promoting wellbeing. The first new article was published in the Journal of Prescribing and Medicines Management and examined the theoretical basis for prescribing physical activity to improve the mental and physical health of people using drugs. This article also provides practical advice on how to deliver

Training on Drug Prevention in Conjunction with 23rd Session of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs (CND 2-6 March 2020 in Vienna, Austria

Mr. Kasirye Rogers attended a meeting on drug prevention in conjunction with the 23rd Sessions of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs (CND 2-6 March, 2020 in Vienna Austria). It was organized by Drug Free America Foundation Inc., a world drug abuse prevention leader with over five divisions in drug abuse policy work. The focus of the meeting was to get an opportunity to share our concerns and views at several meetings alongside the CND, network

Mental-Health Physicians and Psychotherapists Teamed Up to Provide Support to the Population of Kazakhstan

In today’s conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic and necessary quarantine measures taken by the Government of Kazakhstan psychosocial support and assistance, as well as self-education of stress management, supportive communication with each other and expert advice often become a necessity. In this regard the Republican Scientific-practical Centre on Mental Health – a main partner of the UNODC global project GLOJ71 – “Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet II” – initiated the establishment of

Insights on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and Substance Use Disorders in Kenya

The UNODC Kenya mentor has participated at the webinar on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and Substance Use Disorders in Kenya on Friday, 15 May 2020. Together with Hussein Manji, Public Health Consultant at UNODC ROEA, the mentor outlines UNODC's support in the COVID-19 response among the most vulnerable groups, such as people who use drugs and who are affected by substance use disorders, people living with HIV and people living in prisons. The webinar

"A Pandemic Within a Pandemic"- How Covid-19 Is Increasing Substance Abuse

In response to the global pandemic, people around the world have adjusted their ways of life. Governments have imposed restrictions on the time people can spend with one another, forcing people to find alternative means of communication and connection. For people who use drugs or people who are going through recovery, this period of time is particularly challenging as opportunities for support and contact are reduced. In this article Tim Ryan, addiction expert, describes his

When COVID-19 and Opioid Addiction Collide

We are witnessing, arguably, the greatest public health issue of our time. However, that is not to say the public health concerns that were present before the pandemic have disappeared. Opioid addiction and opioid-related deaths continue to cause great harm to society. This article discusses the way these two critical issues are interacting and causing damage to particularly vulnerable groups of people. The author describes how social determinants- the conditions in which people are born

NIDA Director Outlines Potential Risks to People Who Smoke and Use Drugs During COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness. In this article Dr. Volkow discusses how the serious health risks of COVID-19 pose unique challenges to people who smoke or vape, are already struggling with substance use disorders

Organizações lançam Campanha #VapeVicia #VapeMata

Fundação do Câncer, ACT, AMB, SBPT e outras instituições da área de saúde divulgam nota sobre pesquisa francesa que defende o uso da nicotina no combate ao novo coronavírus e lançam campanha #VapeVicia para alertar que fumantes, usuários de cigarros eletrônicos e narguilés têm quadro agravado quando contaminados pelo COVID-19. A Organização Mundial da Saúde (OMS) alerta para ampliação do risco de contágio por COVID-19 entre fumantes, usuários de cigarros eletrônicos e narguilés. Embora as

A bebida alcoólica e a pandemia do coronavírus

*Por Dr. Mário Sérgio Sobrinho O uso de drogas, entre elas, o álcool, é assunto mundialmente importante, tanto que a Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU), ao definir os “17 Objetivos para Transformar nosso Mundo”, considerou essencial “assegurar uma vida saudável e promover o bem-estar, em todas as idades” fixando como uma das ações importantes “reforçar a prevenção e o tratamento do abuso de substâncias, incluindo o abuso de drogas entorpecentes e uso nocivo do álcool.[1]”

MARC PhD Scholarships 2020

The Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) is offering scholarships to domestic students who wish to undertake the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) on alcohol and other drug-related projects that align with MARC’s core Workplan areas: Understanding pharmaceutical opioid-related harm or Alcohol use and young people The scholarship amount awarded to full-time PhD students is $29,000 per annum. PhD Scholarship duration is three years maximum. In addition, up to $10,000 will be available as a competitive MARC

Alcohol Change UK Grants Programme & Research Strategy

Alcohol Change UK have opened a new grants programme alongside a research strategy [pdf] outlining its funding priorities and plans for 2020 to 2023. The New Horizons grants programme is now open with the first round of grants focused on developing a greater understanding of 'Groups, Communities and Alcohol Harm', particularly those that focus on: Groups, sub-groups and communities that are subject to stigma, discrimination or structural disadvantage by society at large or by the

Press Statement - Substance Use Prevention and Treatment in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ref: ISSUPNC/01/ADM/VOL.1/004 May 11, 2020 PRESS RELEASE SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC We are an umbrella group of professionals dedicated to the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders among Nigerians. With over 14 million people who use different psychoactive substances in Nigeria, the burden of substance use is great and concerted efforts are required to reverse the worsening rate of substance use problems in the country. The COVID-19 pandemic has

Rehabilitasi NAPZA dan Pandemi COVID-19 di Indonesia

Sejak kasus pertama COVID-19 ditemukan di Indonesia dan secara resmi diumumkan oleh Presiden Republik Indonesia Joko Widodo pada tanggal 2 Maret 2020, kemudian pada tanggal 11 Maret 2020 World Health Organisation (WHO) menyatakan bahwa wabah COVID-19 adalah suatu pandemi, kasus demi kasus muncul dan berkembang hingga di kisaran 250 hingga 350 kasus baru setiap harinya[1] di Indonesia. Walaupun untuk kebanyakan orang dengan sistem imunitas normal, COVID-19 mungkin tidak membawa dampak yang cukup parah melihat angka

The Cost of Opioid Use to Australia

A recent study, published by the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University in Perth, has estimated that the illegal use of heroin and the misuse of pharmaceutical opioids is costing Australia around $15.7 billion and causing more than 2200 deaths a year. This is a significant increase from the previous record that was collected in 2007. Professor Steve Allsop commented: “Extra-medical use of opioids is likely to result in adverse outcomes that require

Alcohol Sales Ban in South Africa

Countries around the world have been introducing measures to reduce the harm of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although most countries are calling on individuals to avoid public gatherings and be mindful of social distancing, several countries have introduced tighter restrictions on other aspects of life. Soon after there were signs of COVID-19 in South African, the government implemented an alcohol sales ban as part of its public health response. Alcohol has a heavy burden on public

Distanciamento social? Mantenha a calma e gerencie o estresse

Esse é um período estressante. É preciso cuidar de si para poder dar suporte aos filhos. Você não está sozinho Milhões de pessoas têm os mesmos medos que nós. Procure alguém com que você possa conversar sobre como está se sentindo. Escute-os. Evite as mídias sociais que podem te fazer sentir pânico. Pausa para relaxar Todos nós precisamos de um intervalo de vez em quando. Quando seus filhos estiverem dormindo, faça algo divertido e relaxante

WHO Statement: Tobacco Use and COVID-19

Tobacco smoking is a known risk factor for many respiratory difficulties. A review of studies by public health experts convened by WHO on 29 April 2020 found that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19, compared to non-smokers. Following the review, the WHO has released a statement that explains the elevated risk. The article outlines potential smoking reduction and cessasion intervention programmes.

Full Tuition Scholarship to the Virtual 49th Summer Clinical Institute in Addictions Studies 2020

The University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, is honored to award you with a full tuition scholarship to the virtual 49th Summer Clinical Institute in Addictions Studies 2020. You will have a chance to interact and learn from the world leading experts , scientists, practitioners and policy makers in the area of Substance Use Disorders. We would like to thank the Scaife Family Foundation for their continues support of the

Could a Telehealth Programme Improve Outcomes for Justice-Involved Women?

Evidence has shown that individuals released from prison are at greater risk of drug overdose in the first 2 weeks post-release compared to the general population. After a period of relative abstinence, the tolerance of people who use opioids is greatly reduced and, as a result, they are at particularly high risk of overdosing if they resume use. In order to support this particularly vulnerable group of people, the National Institute of Health is developing

Consultation on "Addressing Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders in Humanitarian and Relief Settings"

The UNODC Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) in coordination with WHO and UNHCR is planning a consultation process to develop a technical guidance tool to address substance use and substance use disorders, as well as associated health and social consequences in Relief and Humanitarian Settings, and to increase access to substance use disorder treatment also in Humanitarian Settings. An expert group meeting is tentatively scheduled for the third quarter of 2020. This initiative derives

Apply for ECOSOC consultative status - Deadline: 1 June 2020

Organisations interested in applying for consultative status with ECOSOC can submit their application before the deadline, 1 June 2020. Applications are accepted throughout the year however the timeline to review your application will depend on when your application is received by the NGO Branch of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA). Complete applications must be received by June 1st of the year before the NGO wishes to be considered for recommendation

Corona Virus Hit People with Substance Use Disorder During Lockdown in Lahore

Sixty Five drug addicts were found dead during the corona virus lockdown in the city of Lahore due to overdose of drugs, shortage of food and water and living in miserable conditions. The majority of them was unidentified and homeless. More than 60 percent of them were less than 40 years. This was revealed by Syed Zulfiqar Hussain, Consultant Anti-Drugs/Narcotics Campaign, citing a report on “Corona Virus Hit People with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)” published

Distanciamento Social? Como lidar com o mau comportamento

Todas as crianças eventualmente se comportam mal. Isso é normal quando estão cansadas, com fome, com medo, ou aprendendo a serem mais independentes. E elas podem nos enlouquecer quando estão presas em casa! Redirecionar Perceba antecipadamente cada mau comportamento e redirecione a atenção de seus filhos do mau para um bom comportamento. Pare antes que comece! Quando elas começarem a ficarem inquietas, você pode distraí-las com alguma coisa interessante ou divertida: "Vamos dar uma volta!"