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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!"

Drug Treatment and COVID-19 Pandemic in Indonesia

Since the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Indonesia and officially announced by the President of the Republic of Indonesia H.E. Joko Widodo on March 2nd, 2020 and followed by the declaration from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on March 11th, 2020 that the outbreak of COVID-19 is a pandemic, new cases has been growing between approximately 250 to 350 cases daily[1] in Indonesia. Even though for most people with normal immune systems, COVID-19

Distanciamento Social? Criar novas rotinas pode ajudar

O COVID-19 bagunçou nossa rotina diária de trabalho, em casa e na escola. Isso é difícil para as crianças, adolescentes e também para você. Criar novas rotinas pode ajudar. Crie uma rotina diária firme, mas flexível Monte um horário para você e seus filhos com tempo para atividades planejadas e também tempo livre. Isso pode ajudar as crianças a se sentirem mais seguras e a se comportarem melhor. Crianças ou adolescentes podem ajudar a planejar

Drug Treatment and COVID-19 Pandemic in Indonesia

Since the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Indonesia and officially announced by the President of the Republic of Indonesia H.E. Joko Widodo on March 2nd, 2020 and followed by the declaration from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on March 11th, 2020 that the outbreak of COVID-19 is a pandemic, new cases has been growing between approximately 250 to 350 cases daily[1] in Indonesia. Even though for most people with normal immune systems, COVID-19

Adfam Survey: How has Covid-19 impacted families affected by substance use internationally?

The Policy and Communications team at Adfam have asked us to relay this call-out to ISSUP members and the international DDR community... Adfam is a UK-based charity that improves life for families affected by someone else’s substance use. We’ve heard through our frontline projects, findings from an online survey, activity on our online family forum and statements from partner organisations that Covid-19 is resulting in a number of additional challenges for families in the UK

COVID-19 Surveys on Substance Misuse and Related Issues: Collective Voice

A number of organisations have issued surveys to gather information from across different support services and individuals to assess the impact of COVID-19. Collective Voice, the national alliance of drug and alcohol treatment charities, has gathered a selection of surveys relevant to the substance misuse sector. It is vital that organisations can gather as much information as possible about people's experience of COVID-19 so that they can adapt and tailor services in response to the

William White Scholarship

The William White Scholarship was created to promote student addiction studies research and develop the importance of student research projects in NASAC accredited programs, NAADAC approved programs in higher education, or an accredited addiction studies higher education program acknowledged by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that provides research or education to the addiction profession. It will be awarded annually to one graduate NAADAC student member and one undergraduate NAADAC student member with the best student

IJERPH - Special Issue "Risk Behaviors and Substance Abuse among Adolescents"

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health—IJERPH (ISSN 1660-4601, IF 2.468) is currently running a Special Issue "Risk Behaviors and Substance Abuse among Adolescents". Prof. Dr. Marta Lima-Serrano (University of Sevilla), Prof. Dr. Isotta Mac Fadden (University Pablo de Olavide, Global Center for Applied Health Research from the Arizona State University), Prof. Dr. Elena Gervilla (University of the Balearic Islands and the Balearic Islands Health Research Institute) and Prof. Dr. Alexandra Morales (Miguel

Vaping and Opioid Addiction Accelerate Coronavirus Risks

The coronavirus pandemic has presented a new challenge for public health services around the world. Although scientists are working tirelessly to comprehend more about the virus, there are still many unanswered questions. In a recent interview, Dr. Nora Volkow, who heads the National Institute on Drug Abuse, describes factors that may increase the risk of coronavirus causing greater harm to the infected individual. Read the full interview here.

UNODC’s Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section presented on the Global Experience by UNODC, during the International Society of Addiction medicine (ISAM) Practice and Policy Interest Group Webinar Series on  COVID-19 and SUD

UNODC’s Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) presented on the Global Experience by UNODC, during the International Society of Addiction medicine (ISAM) Practice and Policy Interest Group Webinar Series on COVID-19 and SUD: A Global Perspective on Challenges and Solutions​ at the 2nd Webinar held on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2020, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (ET), 1:00 - 3:00 PM (BST)​. UNODC thanked ISAM and highlighted the importance of their exchange platform, presented the increasing

Official Ceremony to Hand Over Certificates to 18 Treatment Professionals that Successfully Passed the UTC ICAP 1 Examination in Côte d'Ivoire

As part of efforts to professionalize the treatment and care of drug use disorders and the dissemination of effective evidence-based interventions, 18 out of 23 treatment professionals successfully passed the accreditation examination (78% passing rate) of the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) ICAP 1 and were presented with a certificate at the National Police Academy in Abidjan, on 12th March 2020. The official certificate ceremony was supported by the UNODC Mentor of Côte d ‘Ivoire. The

Social Distancing? Maintain a Positive Attitude

It's hard to feel positive when our kids and teens are driving us crazy. Generally, we end up saying "stop it!", but children are much more to do what we ask if we give them positive instructions and thousands of congratulations for what they did right. Speak the behavior you want to see Use positive words when telling your child what to do, such as, "Get your clothes out of here, please?!" (instead of 'Don't

Parental Monitoring and Supervision

Adolescence is characterized by the passage from childhood to adulthood. At this stage, it is totally normal and common for children to be likely to live new experiences outside the family environment. They want to build their own identity. They want to join a group, they want to socialize. And it's totally natural for them to leave their homes to see this new world that lies ahead of them. But it is very important that

Training on UTC 5, refresher courses and an ICAP 1 exam take place in Tunisia from 25 February to 5 March 2020

To promote evidence-based interventions in the treatment of drug use disorders, UNODC PTRS supported the latest training session on admission, screening, evaluation, treatment planning and documentation for addiction professionals, with the leader of the global trainers of the Universal Treatment Program (UTC) in French-speaking West Africa. The session, attended by UNODC's mentor in Côte d'Ivoire, took place from February 25 to March 4, 2020 in Tunis, Tunisia. 18 treatment professionals from Tunis then took the

Social Distancing? Give Your Kids Quality Time

Can't you go to work? Are the schools closed? Worried about money? It's normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed. School closures also represent the chance to build better relationships with children and adolescents. Time for an eye-to-eye chat: it's fun and for free. It makes children feel loved and safe and shows how important they are. Separate a specific time for each child. It could only be 20 minutes or even more – it's up

COVID-19: Distribution of Food and Water to People with Substance Use Disorders

The Drug Advisory training Hub (DATH) have been distributing meals to people suffering from addiction and substance use disorders living homeless in public spaces across Lahore, Pakistan. Syed Zulfiqar Hussain (Consultant, Anti Drugs Narcotics Campaign) took part alongside colleagues Mr. Murtaza Siddiqui (Secretary, YOCFAN) and Syed Mohsin (School Program lead) to distribute the food. The meals provided much-needed help to people suffering from addiction whose lives have been adversely affected due to COVID-19 lock down

COVID-19 and addictive substances

Drugs in the time of COVID-19 Mag. Geraldine González Willim, specialist in addiction at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va, USA The low perception of risks to the use of addictive substances causes many people to ignore their adverse health effects. In particular, it is currently responsible for the complications that drug use can cause if coVID-19 is contracted. Further studies are needed on the potential risks of the use of addictive substances in relation to

COVID-19 Reduces Drug Supply, Increases Patients Seeking Treatment in India

In the Indian state of Punjab, more than 26,000 patients have registered for substance use disorder treatment during the COVID-19 lock down. Additionally, the state government has launched mobile vans to provide medication assisted treatment and social support while maintaining physical distancing policies. These registrations are believed to be a direct result of a decrease in drug supply, also caused by the measures implemented to stop the spread of COVID-19. The article specifically mentions constrictions

UTC 5 Training, Refresher Course and ICAP 1 Exam Held in Tunisia

To promote evidence-based interventions in the treatment of drug use disorders, the UNODC Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) supported the final training session on admission, screening, evaluation, treatment planning and documentation for professionals in drug addiction, with the Head Global Master Trainer of the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) in French-speaking West Africa. The session was assisted by the UNODC Mentor in Côte d’Ivoire, and took place from 25th February to 4th March 2020, in

Com a pandemia, o que mudou no uso de drogas?

Com muitos usuários de drogas lidando com problemas de saúde mental, como depressão e ansiedade, o isolamento do coronavírus apresenta um desafio sem precedentes. Com o avanço das medidas de isolamento para tentar conter o novo coronavírus, alguns usuários de drogas ilegais passaram as estocar sua substância preferida para evitar desabastecimento no período em que não podem deixar suas casas. Mas as consequências podem ser devastadoras, alertam especialistas preocupados com a possibilidade de essas pessoas

Congratulations to New ICAP-Credentialed Professionals

We are proud to announce the results of recent ICAP exams: 17 people from Tunisia and 20 people from Cameroon recently passed the ICAP I exam. 5 people from Abu Dhabi passed the ICAP II exam and 4 of this year's Humphrey Fellows passed the ICAP I exam. Congratulations to all of these professionals with new credentials and those that have moved to the next level of professionalism. Your work in the field of addiction

UNODC Nigeria launches DrugHelpNet: A Network of Nigerian Health Professionals to Provide over-the-phone Assistance to Drug Users in Need

Based on the 2019 Drug Use Survey in Nigeria, UNODC estimates that there are more than three million Nigerians living with some of a drug use disorder. Government imposed lockdowns, implemented across most Nigerian States, weigh particularly heavy on people with drug use disorders. While access to drugs has become more difficult, the same challenges apply to accessing treatment and counselling services. The self-imposed isolation can indeed be burdensome for those suffering from drug use

New Webinar Series: Mental Health & COVID-19

The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, and United for Global Mental Health are launching a series of weekly webinars designed to provide policymakers and the wider health community with the latest evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and how to address it. The webinars will provide practical solutions to the challenging issues we are all grappling with. Participants will be encouraged to join from around the world, including those with lived

Coronavirus - Therapeutic Community Guidelines Booklet

By Decree No. 10,282 of March 2, 2020, in articles I and II of Art. 3, the activities and services performed by the Therapeutic Communities are considered essential and, therefore, it is important to guide coronavirus prevention and clarify how chemical dependents should be welcomed in these institutions. Thinking about it, the National Secretariat for Drug Care and Prevention - SENAPRED, in partnership with the Ministry of Citizenship, published a guidebook directed to the work

Alcohol Sales Banned in Greenland

For many young people, home is not a place of safety. As countries introduce lockdown measures, it is important that the wellbeing of young people is protected. In a move to reduce potential violence against children during coronavirus confinement, the sale of alcohol has been banned in the capital of Greenland, Nuuk. The alcohol ban came into force on Saturday and is scheduled to last until 15 April.

National Doctors' Day

On March 30th each year, National Doctors Day honours the professionals for their dedication and contributions to society and the community. Now more than ever, it is vital that we put our hands together to show appreciation to the tireless work of physicians working on the front line to save peoples lives. To all those working long hours on the front line, we thank you!

Main Afzal Trust Hospital (MATH) Reopens Treatment Services for Women and Children/Adolescents in New Block

Main Afzal Trust Hospital (MATH), Gujranwala, Pakistan reopens treatment & rehabilitation services for women and children/adolescents in a new twenty bed block. This project was previously supported by Colombo Plan and INL. This project was stop services for a few months, but now treatment services reopen with the support of local donors/trustees. Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Director MATH, requested all drug demand reduction professionals for referral of clients for treatment. He also said that this

Telehealth Learning Series

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the Center for Excellence on Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI), the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada - Reno (UNR) are facilitating these FREE, national online discussion and resource sharing opportunity for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers and peer support specialists faced with transitioning their services to the use of telephone and