Announcement: ISSUP Pakistan – New Board Election

Voting update as of January 16, 2019: 329 votes have been cast In order to achieve positive growth and ensure greater unity among the Drug Demand Reduction Workforce in Pakistan, we are pleased to announce elections to form a new ISSUP Pakistan Board with its expansion to nine members . We therefore invite ISSUP members from Pakistan who were registered on the ISSUP website on or prior to December 11, 2018, to send us nominations

SPR 2019 Awards Nominations

The Society for Prevention Research are now accepting nominations for their 2019 Awards . The deadline for nominations is Thursday, February 28, 2019. The 11 different awards are designed to recognize excellence in the areas consistent with SPR’s mission: The Society for Prevention Research is an organization dedicated to advancing scientific investigation on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health, and academic problems and on the translation of that information to promote

Graduate Programmes in Prevention Science

The Society for Prevention Research has compiled a list of Prevention Science graduate programmes. The list includes programmes that have all or most of the elements of a Prevention Science curriculum, including: Prevention Science Fundamentals: Prevention paradigms, school, family, and community-based programmes, Type II translational research, community systems and frameworks for prevention; programme planning, implementation, development, and evaluation; risk and resilience frameworks; Developmental Theory: Individual development in context, lifespan development, family development; Developmental Methods: Methods

Adfam Survey: State of the Family Support Sector

Adfam is running an important survey to examine the state of drug and alcohol family support sector and provide important data for Adfam’s advocacy and influencing work. The survey asks about funding, partnerships, and the kind of support being provided to families nationally. The survey can be completed by anyone who manages or works within a service supporting families affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. This survey is open until Thursday 28 February

NIDA's International Program Director and Humphrey Fellows Gather in Nairobi

NIDA's International Program Director Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., moderated a session on research and training during a session at the Fourth Annual Meeting of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP). The African Union and Kenyan National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse co-sponsored ISSUP-4, which was held December 10–14, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya. With the assistance of 2014 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow Farheen Naveed, Pakistan, Dr.

Engaging Youth Towards Peace: 2nd Opening Seminar at University of Education Student's Society Support in Lahore, Pakistan

The Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF) successfully organized 'Engaging Youth towards Peace: 2nd Opening Seminar at the University of Education Student's Society Support in Lahore, Pakistan at the University of Education . More than 250 female students were present and actively took part in panel discussions. Dr. Shugufta Andleeb (Principal UOE, Bank Road Campus) was the chief guest. Mr. Ahmad Shah , member of ISSUP, Dr. Umer Saleem, Ms. Madiha Iqbal and Ms. Sadaf Usman

First Pakistan Evaluation Conference and EvalFCV Workshop in Islamabad on January 3rd, 2019

Proud to work with the Pakistan Evaluation Association - PEA - PEA Creator and Vice President Asia Pacific Evaluation Association - APEA Hur Hassnain to finally launch the first ever Pakistan Evaluation Conference with the collaboration of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics [PIDE] on the 3rd of January 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. What a beautiful start of the year with all these lovely evaluators from across the country - playing with the relationships between causes

Pesquisa revela poder de compra de bebidas alcoólicas por adolescentes no município de Santos, São Paulo, Brasil.

This research was supervised by the Federal University of São Paulo - UNIFESP, through the Alcohol and Drug Research Unit - UNIAD with the support of the Paulista Association for the Development of Medicine (SPDM) in partnership with the Municipality of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil. According to the survey, more than half (55.5%) of the commercial establishments in Santos sell alcoholic beverages to persons under 18 years of age. The survey took place 7/27/2016 and

Mr. Ahmad Shah Invited as a Keynote Session Speaker for the Young Leadership Program (YLP 2018)

It was great speaking about U.S. Government Funded Exchange Program, ISSUP and the Global Youth Forum with young souls at the Young Leadership Program (YLP 2018) on 30th of December 2018 at the National Incubation Center in NED University of Engineering and Technology , Karachi, Pakistan. The Young Leadership Program (YLP) is designed to provide an opportunity to learn to young individuals, who are all set to hit colleges and universities, facing several youth-related challenges

Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Preparation Workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan

The Ministry of Narcotics Control (MNC) – Government of Pakistan in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized a preparation workshop on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) on psychoactive and substance use disorders (SUDS). Ahmad Shah presented a 45 minutes presentation as a request from UNODC/MNC on the prevention work on narcotics prevention that he had carried out and continues to do in Pakistan. The major achievements and the philosophy/process

Importance of Working with the Holy See and Other Faith-Based Groups

U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican) announcement: U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) Division Director for Counternarcotics Brian Morales is attending a Vatican conference this week on drug addiction and prevention. He spoke to us about the importance of working with the Holy See and other faith-based groups on this critical issue. Beyond any doubt Sir Brian Morales has been playing an instrumental role in the field of

The Journey of a Village Boy to a Global Man

After long struggle, dedication and commitment, I finally received the prestigious Global Runner Up Award in the field of Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) in the Early Career category at the NACADA, ISSUP and AU Drug Demand Reduction Conference, 10th - 14th December, 2018. Since my inspiration from the 6th Asian Youth Congress held in Bali, Indonesia in 2008. The Youth Congress was organized by Colombo Plan and supported by INL, U.S. Department of State. This

Workshop on Crisis Interventions for Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Professionals

This workshop was conducted at Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning. The objective of this workshop was to give basic understanding about crisis and crisis interventions. In this experiential session we were able to teach mental health professionals about crises and its risk factors, develop understanding about crisis with reference to mental health and substance use problems. Further, we discussed how to implement suicide interventions by maintaining both counselor and client safety.

Global Youth Forum

The Global Youth Forum at the NACADA, ISSUP and AU International Conference in Nairobi, Kenya played host to 186 youth from 19 different countries over the course of five days. The Youth Summit was put on with funds from the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State, sponsored by Colombo Plan’s Drug Advisory Programme, and trained and facilitated by CADCA’s Youth Leadership Initiative. The training team featured Robert Alvarez,

The National Chapters at ISSUP’s 4th Annual Workshop

ISSUP’s 4th Annual Workshop in Nairobi provided the opportunity for a focus on the National Chapter aspect of its operation. Six fully established National Chapters joined the meetings – Brazil, Chile, India, Pakistan and South Africa and Kenya. Fourteen other countries were involved ranging from those who are very near to becoming formally operational as National Chapters –  Afghanistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, and UAE – to those whose presence reflected their wish or interest to join the ISSUP National Chapter family.

Can compassion words change the addiction discourse?

As a PhD student, I joked that my work was the best bar-conversation-starter ever: “So what do you do?” “Ah, actually,” I would smile; pause. My job was definitely one of my favorite topics. “Drug research.” “Drugs? Like, medicine?” “No, drugs-drugs. You know,” (f there was a pint nearby, I gestured towards it and raised my eyebrows) “alcohol, hash. Mainly heroin, though.” Sometimes talk of work would end there. If I was in a group,

ISSUP Staff Meeting

At the end of November the ISSUP team gathered in England for an incredibly productive staff meeting. As well as discussing the NACADA, ISSUP and African Union Conference & Workshop, which will take place in Nairobi, 10-14 December, we spent our days together planning for the future of ISSUP.

ISSUP Member Mr. Ahmad Shah Contesting for Vice President Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network Karachi, Chapter

For Vice President Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network Karachi, Pakistan Chapter. U.S. Cultural Exchanges has changed my life and I am committed to bring and create more cultural exchange opportunities for the Youth of Pakistan. People from Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network Karachi, Chapter please vote for me and friends from other Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network Chapters please ask your friends in Karachi Chapter to vote for me. PAKISTAN U.S. ALUMNI NETWORK ELECTIONS TIMELINES: Election campaign season

The Global Drug Survey for 2019

The Global Drug Survey for 2019 ( GDS2019) was launched on the 29th of October. The Global Drug Survey is the largest drug survey in the world and over the years has helped increase the understanding of drug trends and the real-life harms facing people who take drugs. The GDS2019 is translated into 20 languages, with partners in over 35 countries. The Global Drug Survey for 2019 is calling for people to take part now!

European Action for Employment in Recovery

A new European project has been developed to provide individuals in recovery from substance use in Scotland the opportunity to a part in a work and learning experience in another European country. The European Action for Employment in Recovery (EAER) aims to deliver positive and long-lasting effects on employability and increase the number of employment opportunities for people who have had substance use problems. This new scheme is a part of the Addiction Worker Training

A great opportunity for professional treatment and prevention of substance use.

Work in the field of substance abuse is, at the same time, a great challenge and a great opportunity to grow, help people and make a difference in the world. The scholarship program Hubert h. Humphrey, is a great opportunity for professionals in the field of prevention and treatment. The program offers ten months of academic study and related professional experiences changed in the United States. The Humphrey Fellows are selected based on your leadership

The Great Opportunity for Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals

To work in the substance abuse field, is at the same time, the big challenge and a great opportunity for growing, helping people and making a difference in the world. The Hubert h. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a great opportunity for treatment and prevention professionals. In Brazil, more than 170 professionals were awarded with this scholarship, 21 of them from substance abuse treatment and prevention field. The program provides ten months of non-degree academic study

Dependência Química: Quais são os tipos de tratamento

Muitas pessoas não sabem que dependência química é uma doença crônica que possui tratamento. Ela se caracteriza pelo abuso de álcool, maconha, cocaína, crack ou outras substâncias entorpecentes, lícitas ou ilícitas. Esse tipo de doença afeta todos os aspectos da vida de um indivíduo e pode ser causado por múltiplos fatores genéticos, ambientais, sociais, familiares e individuais. A facilidade de acesso às drogas aumenta a incidência desse transtorno no mundo, tornando o tratamento e prevenção

Governo amplia vagas para acolhimento de dependentes químicos

O ministro da Justiça, Torquato Jardim, anunciou em outubro mais 3.395 vagas em comunidades terapêuticas para acolher e recuperar dependentes químicos. É uma ampliação em mais de 50%. Em abril, o Ministério da Justiça já havia lançado edital prevendo outras 6 mil vagas. Com as vagas anunciadas, serão oferecidas 9.395 oportunidades. Como em cada vaga há, em média, três acolhimentos por ano, chega-se ao total de mais de 28 mil acolhimentos/ano, ultrapassando a meta prevista

Maconha: estudo mostra prejuízo cognitivo em usuários da droga em longo ou pequeno prazo

A maconha é a droga ilícita mais utilizada ao redor do mundo todo e atualmente existe muitos debates em torno de seu uso e legalização. Muitas vezes, a iniciação ao uso dessa droga começa na adolescência, período importante para o desenvolvimento neural e psicossocial das pessoas. Devido a isso, existem muitos estudos e pesquisas sobre as consequências adversas do uso da Cannabis e evidências de que seu uso prejudica funções cognitivas têm se acumulado nas

Segundo Organização Mundial da Saúde, cigarros prejudicam seriamente o meio ambiente

Não é novidade pra ninguém que fumar faz mal pra saúde, não só daqueles que fumam mas também de quem estiver ao redor. Além de causar doenças como o câncer e de viciar, o cigarro também tem um impacto negativo no meio ambiente. E esse impacto não é causado apenas pelas milhares de bitucas que são jogadas no chão. O processo de produção do cigarro não é sustentável, começando pelo desmatamento e terminando com o