Smoking and DNA Changes

Analyses have found a direct link between the number of cigarettes smoked during one's lifetime and the number of mutations in tumour DNA. Commenting on these findings, Prof. Sir Mike Stratton from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute notes that: "The more mutations there are, the higher the chance that these will occur in the key genes that we call cancer genes, which convert a normal cell into a cancer cell." Click here to read the

Fentanyl Deaths Rise as Curbing Supply Proves Difficult

The November 2016 data chart of overdoses in Massachusetts shows a climbing blue line labeled “fentanyl”. Boston's National Public Radio station reports via article and audio clip on some of the challenges faced by law enforcement and international diplomats in controlling the spread of fentanyl. The report from the Massachussetts Department of Health is also included.

Drug Use among Mexican Youth on the Rise

In recent years Mexico has seen a spike in drug use among teenagers. A new study analysed drug use among Mexican high school students over the past two decades. The study found that the number of young people who had tried drugs doubled between 1991 and 2014. Perceptions regarding marijuana and illicit drug use have also significantly changed. Marijuana use is not viewed as risky as it was seen by respondents two decades ago. The

Health Benefits from Stopping Smoking

Within as little as twenty minutes after your last cigarette your body begins to feel the effects of quitting. Health benefits from stopping smoking include, amongst other things, a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, better breathing, improved taste and smell, and improved appetite. The experience of quitting smoking can be stressful. However, all things considered, to do so is to potentially prolong your life. Click here to find out more.

Expanding Drug Markets in Australia

Recently sixteen people were hospitalised on the Gold Coast, Australia, after taking a new synthetic drug known as Flakka. One of those taken ill is said to be in a critical condition. Flakka takes the form of a white/pink crystal-like substance that can be swallowed, smoked, snorted, injected or vaporised to produce effects similar to those of methamphetamine and ecstasy. Drugs like Flakka, one expert claims, are appearing at an extraordinary rate, with a new

Rescued from Hell: Life after the High

This photo story documents the lives of children at a rehabilitation centre in Delhi. The majority of young drug users in India's capital city are addicted to marijuana and heroin. Rajesh Kumar, Executive Director of the Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM), a non-profit organisation that works towards prevention of drug abuse, says some children start taking drugs as early as the age of 6 or 7. “It starts with fluid, which is

Scottish Courts Rule in Favour of Minimum Price for Alcohol

After more than four years of industry delay tactics, yesterday’s ruling from the Court of Session in Edinburgh has finally paved the way for the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol in Scotland, a policy approved by MSPs back in 2012. The decision goes against the challenge mounted by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) who claimed the Scottish government’s plans contravened European Law. The policy specifies a price of 50 pence per unit of

Opium Takes over Remote Villages in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is the world’s leading producer of illicit opium. This video takes us to a remote village in northeastern Afghanistan, where families meet for their daily ritual of opium smoking. The women in the video say that the drug is only used for medicinal purposes and are oblivious to the dangers of using opium. They believe that opium works as an alternative for any kind of medicine.

Call for Entries: Drawing Attention to Substance Use Disorders through the Use of Humour

This contest aims to create public awareness, especially among young people, and promote the direct involvement of the wider society in addressing addictions through the use of humour. The main topic of the contest is "Away from addictions to a healthy life”. Participants are asked to address the damages of addiction to individuals and society as well as expressing sub-topics like drug, tobacco, alcohol, technology and gambling addictions. If you want to participate, follow the

Applications Are Now Open for Research Innovation Grants

Alcohol Research UK is now accepting applications for the Research Innovation Grants 2016/17 programme. The focus of this year's programme is treatment and recovery today. The alcohol services sector and approaches to both treatment and recovery have undergone significant changes in the last few years. There have been reductions in funding and major structural changes and also new developments in approaches to treatment and thinking around recovery. These developments have had a considerable impact on

Policy Review Workshop on Drug Treatment Centres in Bangladesh

At the beginning of October 2016 the Addiction Management and Integrated Care unit (AMIC) of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) organised a workshop to review its existing policies regarding drug treatment centres. Particular focus was put on increasing the centres facilities, reducing the dropout rate, increasing the drug treatment success rate, ensuring the clients' satisfaction and improving evidence-based treatment services across DAM’s drug treatment centres. The venue of the workshop was “BACE Training Centre, Sonargaon, Narayanganj

This Is Your Brain on Opiates

Prescription drug abuse has become a major public health and safety concern. Research has shown that legal drugs, such as OxyContin, now kill more people than illegal drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. Nowadays, people are constantly being made aware of the dangers of illegal drugs, but not much awareness is being raised around the dangers of legally prescribed drugs. Many people view legally prescribed drugs as safe and beneficial because they are prescribed by

Family Voices Competition

Have you been affected by someone else's drug or alcohol use? Would you like to be able to tell your story? Adfam's Family Voices Competition allows friends and family members who have lived through someone else’s substance use to express their thoughts and feelings in a creative and constructive way. While it is often difficult to talk about this subject, it can be helpful to write about it. What to enter: An original piece of

Drug Demand Reduction Education & Role of University Students

Today the Muskan Foundation team presented its mission, vision, objectives and activities in the areas of substance abuse and alcohol prevention, treatment and rehabilitation at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) in New Delhi. More than 120 first year MBA students attended the event as part of their three week internship under the Social Awareness Programme. The group of presenters explained the role of university students on preventive measures.

First Licensed Female Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation Center in Bangladesh

On September 18th, 2016 Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) obtained the license for its first Female Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center from the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC). DAM’s Female Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center is the first of its kind in Bangladesh. Mafidul Islam of DNC's Division for Treatment and Rehabilitation handed over the license to Iqbal Masud, Deputy Director and Head of Health Sector of DAM. The Honorable Minister for Home Affairs inaugurated the

Derecho a la salud y tabaquismo en las Américas

Una audiencia histórica. Por primera vez, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH), de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), en el marco del 157 Periodo de Sesiones, concedió una audiencia temática sobre tabaquismo ante el pedido de la Fundación Interamericana del Corazón Argentina (FIC Argentina), Action On Smoking & Health (ASH) y O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. El título de la Audiencia es Derecho a la Salud y Tabaquismo en las

Overdose Aware App

The Overdose Aware App offers practical advice on the signs of overdose and what to do if those signs are present. It aims to raise awareness among those who are experiencing drug use and their families. The App provides only information, it does not constitute medical advice or take specific situations into account. The App addresses the following areas of interest: What is an overdose? What to do if you suspect an overdose Overdose symptoms

UTC 1 and 2 Training for Tanzania National Trainers SUD Professionals

ICCE conducted its first training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 22nd February to 3rd of March 2016 at Kunduchi Beach Hotel. The 9-day training was planned to introduce the 15 participants from various professional sectors to the science of addiction, the basics of physiology and pharmacology and components of treatment. The training was funded by the US Department of State and organised in collaboration with the Republic of Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social

U.S. National Report Shows Less Underage Drinking and Smoking, but Overall Substance Use and Mental Illness Levels Remain Constant

Some forms of substance use, such as adolescent (aged 12 to 17) underage drinking and alcohol use among young adults (aged 18 to 25), continued to drop according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) latest (2015) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report. Other substance use levels among youth and young adults, including marijuana and heroin use, remained relatively stable over the past few years. The report also finds

Helping Young People Lead Healthy Lives

'Listen First' is a drug prevention initiative that aims at raising awareness around listening to children and youth as the first step to help them grow healthy and safe. This global campaign targets parents, teachers, policy makers, health care professionals, and others concerned about the well-being of young people. The campaign was developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the World Health Organization, the French Interministerial Mission for

World Renowned Nightclub to Close after Drug-Related Deaths

London’s world-famous nightclub 'Fabric' has had its license revoked due to what local authorities have described as a “culture of drugs” at the venue. In the last four years there have been six drug-related deaths involving the nightclub. Five of these were people under 25, most recently two teenagers earlier this year. The Metropolitan Police has welcomed the council decision to shut 'Fabric' down. It has been criticised, however, by a number of DJs and

Online Learning Module: The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has released an engaging learning module that provides evidence-based information on the effects of cannabis use during adolescence. The module is based on CCSA's report on the psychological, social and health-related effects of marijuana use among young people. It's a great resource for parents, teachers, health care providers, social workers and anyone else concerned about the well-being of young people. The module covers four far-reaching questions: How does

Share Your Story: International Essay Contest

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network Coordinating Office is holding an international essay contest for recovered persons to celebrate recovery month. In the tradition of the U.S.A.’s National Recovery Month, they are encouraging people across the globe who are in recovery from substance use and/or mental health disorders to help them harness the power of stories by participating in the essay contest. Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place entries. If

Online Learning for Prevention Standards

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has released an online learning module that will help prevention professionals better understand the Portfolio of Canadian Standards for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention. The module aims to help prevention teams, mental health professionals, school administrators, law enforcement personnel and others to plan, select, implement and evaluate prevention initiatives in their communities and schools, and at home. The module: Identifies barriers to implementing the Canadian Standards for Youth Substance

White House Eases Cap on Medication for Opioid Addiction

In the USA, Frontline report on changes in policy to allow doctors to issue more prescriptions for buprenorphine; new rules aimed at improving drug monitoring by federal prescribers treating Native Americans and military veterans; a proposal to end financial incentives based on patient feedback for doctors who prescribe opioids; and more than a dozen new scientific studies on pain treatment and opioid dependence. The change to the regulation of prescribing buprenorphine, which comes into effect

Pioneering methadone programme gives hope to thousands in Dar es Salaam

In a discreet corner of the Mwananyamala District Hospital grounds, in Dar es Salaam, a group of young people queue up outside a small window to get their daily fix of methadone. Others are taking refuge from the intense heat in the few shady spots available in the dusty yard behind the low building housing the methadone clinic. There are few women to be seen but that, as explained by Dr Pilly Sahid Mutoka, the

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Linked to Reductions in Opioid Overdose Deaths

New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that state implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) was associated with a reduction in opioid-related overdose deaths. The study, published in Health Affairs, also found that PDMPs that monitored greater numbers of drugs with abuse potential and updated their data more frequently had greater declines in opioid-related overdose deaths than programs without those characteristics. Study authors found that implementation of a PDMP