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Basic Counseling Course for Addiction Professionals: UTC-4

A 5 day training course “Basic Counseling Skills for Addiction Professionals” was organized by Aga Khan Social Welfare Board in Collaboration with Drug Free Pakistan Foundation and ISSUP-Pakistan Chapter from April 6 & 7, 13 & 14, and 20, 2019. This training was conducted by Dr. Salman Shahzad and Ms. Farheen Naveed. The main aim of this training was to train community mental health professionals so that they could develop knowledge, skills and competency in

Meeting with Mrs. Sidra Amir Principal of Unique Solutions School

Special Meeting was held with Mrs. Sidra Amir, Principal of Unique Group of Solutions regarding prevention program & ongoing activities. Syed Zulfiqar Hussain, Consultant, Anti Drugs/Narcotics Campaign highlighted different activities in the meeting. Ms. Saima Shahzad, Psychologist and Syed Mohsin, Incharge School Program (DATH) also participated in the meeting.

Meeting of Mr. Muhammad Ayub, Senior Adviser, Colombo Plan, DAP with Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore CEO MATH

A meeting of Mr. Muhammad Ayub, Senior Adviser, Colombo Plan DAP and Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, CEO Mian Afzal Trust Hospital, Gujranwala Pakistan was held at MATH. During the meeting Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore said that as an education provider of Colombo Plan MATH is conducting UTC training in Pakistan, which will hopefully be completed in August, 2019. Mr. Rathore suggested to Adviser Colombo Plan to conduct ICAP examination in Pakistan in near future. Mr.

Visit of Mr. Muhmmad Ayub, Senior Advisor, Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program

Mr. Muhammad Ayub, Senior Advisor visited Freedom Treatment & Rehab in Gujranwala, Pakistan, 2019. Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Consultant Drug Rehabilitation Freedom, Director elect ISSUP Pakistan, Rana Maqsood Ahmad, Arshad Javed Mughal, Muhammad Javed and other staff welcomed him. Mr. Ayub visited the facility and appreciated the quality treatment services of Freedom Rehab. He also discussed different aspects of the rehabilitation process in Freedom with staff. He said: "I feel pleasure to see the rehab

South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy 2019

Release, the UK’s centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law, is proud to invite applications to the 2019 South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy . Fellows will be hosted at Release in London, UK. This program supports those working in sectors related to drug policy in order to increase their understanding of international drug policy reform issues, to improve their advocacy skills, and to enhance their capacity in working with the media

Research Survey: Enhancing Drug Treatment for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities

Dear European expert in migrant (mental) health/wellbeing or drug treatment, This is a request to share your work in a European report. MATREMI (mapping & enhancing drug treatment for migrants and ethnic minorities) is a research project funded by the Belgian Science Policy office and one of its aims could be relevant to your own professional context: Mapping European promising practices aimed at increasing reach and retention of and accessibility for migrants and ethnic minorities

Invitation to Conduct Research

The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force, in conjunction with Southside Partnership and Dublin Rathdown Community Addiction Team, invites submissions from suitably qualified parties to conduct a research project to commence during 2019. Study summary: an investigation of current patterns of use and misuse of alcohol and drugs in Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown (DLR) among vulnerable young people aged between 16-24 years. Region: South Dublin Closing date: 10/05/19

Calling Students- UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme (FLF) aims to support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential based in UK universities, registered businesses, and other research and user organisations. It is hoped that the support provided will enable the fellow to establish their research and/or innovation independence. The scheme, which is designed to tackle difficult and novel challenges, provides up to seven years of funding, for at least 550 early-career researchers and innovators The

Better Prevention of Drug Use, Healthy and Safe Development of Children in Belarus

UNODC had the honour of facilitating a seminar for policy makers in Belarus at the request of the Ministry of Interior of the country. The event was organised with the support of the UN Resident Coordinator and the contribution of UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNICEF. More than 40 policy makers, including representatives from the Ministry of Education, Information and Health, as well as CSOs were present at the training. Participants worked together over three days to

UNODC Partnership with Lions Club to Develop Personal and Social Skills of Adolescents

The UNODC/WHO Second Update Edition of the International Standards on Drug Use Prevention http://bit.ly/2D1Qua4 identifies evidence-based education on personal and social skills as one of the effective strategies to prevent drug use and other risky behaviours in early adolescence. We also know from the work of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance that such programmes have been found to be effective in preventing youth violence ( https://www.who.int/violenceprevention/en/ ). This is why UNODC was delighted to attend

The Results of the WHO-UNODC Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facility Survey in Serbia

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Government of Serbia, UNODC supported the implementation of the UNODC/WHO substance use disorder treatment facility survey to map existing treatment capacity. The results of the survey serve national policy makers to enhance the availability and quality of services across the country. This is the first global pilot of the UNODC/WHO survey tool and the first in the country with such an implementation methodology and such an

Blogpost: Let’s Address Four Common Myths About Harm Reduction

This is a blogpost written by Khary Rigg and Steven Proctor: The US has historically been resistant to supporting harm reduction programs for people who use drugs. While some object to harm reduction approaches on ideological grounds—i.e., abstinence is the only way, drug use is immoral—most reject interventions like syringe exchange programs and maintenance medications based on commonly held myths. Despite considerable research evidence being available to dispel such myths, confusion about common harm reduction

South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy 2019

South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy 2019 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday 26 April 2019 Eligible Countries: Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP Release, the UK’s centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law, is proud to invite applications to the 2019 South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy. Fellows will be hosted at Release in London, UK. This program supports those working

Some E-cigarette Users Are Having Seizures: Most Reports Involving Youth and Young Adults

Source: https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm635133.htm “The FDA has become aware that some people who use e-cigarettes have experienced seizures, with most reports involving youth or young adult users. Seizures or convulsions are known potential side effects of nicotine toxicity and have been reported in the scientific literature in relation to intentional or accidental swallowing of e-liquid. However, a recent uptick in voluntary reports of adverse experiences with tobacco products that mentioned seizures occurring with e-cigarette use (e.g., vaping)

Nomination Open for World Youth Prize 2019

How to apply: Submit the story of the nominee by the nominator with relevant proof of works at iyc [dot] youthenvoy [at] iyc-hq [dot] org . Nomination can be done by past winners, university professors, President or Prime Minister of a country & Member of Parliament. Nominee must works minimum 3 years for tangible change and must below the age of 35 years. ... See More — at International Youth Committee .

Drug Prevention Tree Plantation in Pakistan

Drug Prevention Tree Plantation held today at Govt. Degree College for Women China Scheme Lahore. Muhammad Ayub Senior Advisor DAP-Colombo Plan, Syed Zulfiqar Hussain Consultant, Anti Drugs/Narcotics Campaign, Ms.Madiha Shah Admin Officer DC Office LHR, Prof. Shahnaz Sattar Principal were Chief Guests. Syed Mohsin Incharge School Program (DATH), Ms. Fazilat Coordinator were also present on the occasion.

Training Workshop on "Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment"

The objective of this two day training workshop "Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment ( SBIRT )" was to train mental health professionals so that they could identify substance use problems, help their clients if they are at risk of substance use and to reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. We believe that EBPs are cost effective and it reduces the risk of substance abuse if detected

A Cross-Journal Call for Papers- Substance Use, Misuse and Dependence: Prevention and Treatment

Substance use and misuse affect people worldwide, of all ages and from all walks of life, resulting in a substantial burden of ill health and mortality, and presenting big challenges in prevention and treatment. PLOS Medicine is planning a special issue on this topic and is now calling for research papers from the diverse communities that work to support people and populations affected by substance use and misuse. The aim is to unite clinicians and

Adfam Case Study Call: Inter-parental Conflict, Alcohol and Children

Adfam, Tavistock Relationships and OnePlusOne are working on a project aiming to reduce the impact of inter-parental conflict on children in families affected by alcohol misuse. They are looking for parents, whose partner has had issues with alcohol dependency, to share their story and talk about how this issue affected them as a couple, led to conflict and impacted on their children. This will inform the development of an online digital platform to support other

1st Executive Committee Meeting Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network Karachi Chapter, Pakistan

The Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network Karachi Chapter Leadership – Karachi organized its first meeting with the Executive Committee on March 14, 2019 (Thursday) at the Pakistan American Cultural Center (PACC). Mr. Jason Green, Public Affairs Officer U.S. Consulate General Karachi was also present in this meeting and congratulated the new leadership and EC members of the Karachi Chapter. The following meeting agenda was discussed during meeting: 1) Discuss EC Roles and Responsibilities as per the