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Annual Report: Use of Narcotics in City of Lahore

The Drug Advisory Training Hub (DATH) & Youth Council for Anti Narcotics (YOCFAN) have published the latest annual report on the use of narcotics in Lahore. The report gives an overview of the current situation in Lahore and outlines the areas where drug use is particularly common. The publication provides details of established treatment facilities as well as prevention activities that are happening in schools, universities and community settings.

Newly Elected ISSUP Pakistan President Mr. Bashir Ahmed Naz and Newly Elected Director Ms. Saima Asghar had a very productive meeting with Dr. Nadeem Ahmed, Psychiatrist at Sialkot in Pakistan

Respected Mr. Bashir Ahmed Naz newly elected President ISSUP Pakistan and Ms. Saima Asghar newly elected ISSUP Pakistan Director along with Mr. Muhammad Aslam President M A Jinnah Foundation (Regd), Sialkot visited Dr. Nadeem Ahmed Bajwa Consultant Psychiatrist at Sialkot on his invitation. Dr Nadeem Ahmed welcomed the newly elected President and his team and they visited the Drug Detoxification and Rehabilitation Facility. Later on in a brain storming session Mr. Bashir Naz reiterated the

Victory Celebration

A warm welcome to and celebration with Mr. BASHIR NAZ (newly elected president) ISSUP PAKISTAN, Ms. SAIMA (newly elected director) and M.Aslam by Mr. Shahid Mahmood, President of the Public Youth Welfare Organization Gujranwala and Ms. Mehwish shahid, Executive director of the Nigahban Center in Gujranwala on 19-01-2019.

Visit of Mr. Bashir Ahmad Naz, Meeting for Future Collaboration for UTC Training

Mr. Bashir Ahmad Naz, newly elected President, ISSUP Pakistan visited Mian Afzal Trust Hospital (MATH), Gujranwala Pakistan. He was warmly welcomed by Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Chair/Executive Director & other board of Directors, MATH, Mr. Arshad Javed Mughal, & Mr. Sufi Muhammad Javed. Mr. Bashir Ahmad Naz congratulated Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore for his success in the election as Director. Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore and other MATH Board Members congratulated Mr. Bashir Ahmad for his

World Youth Conference 2019 Mauritius

Latest Update: World Youth Conference 2019 Mauritius 200 speakers will be selected for World Youth Conference 2019; Selected speakers will get free round trip flight tickets; Selected delegates will get 35-50% discount in selected airlines partners to attend World Youth Conference 2019; Over 5000 participants from 190+ countries will attend the World Youth Conference 2019; Register now: www.iyc-hq.org/world-youth-conference Deadline: 14 Februar y #WYC2019Mauritius #RoadToPortLouis #IYC

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

The National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. Click here for free booklets and other resources that help you to plan, promote and host a National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week event. There are also a selection of activity ideas and toolkits that cover a range of

#StigmaMakesMeFeel - Adfam's Campaign to Raise Awareness of Stigma Experienced by Families Affected by Substance Use

Adfam is launching a new campaign #StigmaMakesMeFeel , to tackle the stigma experienced by families affected by drugs and alcohol. From societal attitudes about substance use to unhelpful remarks from friends, stigma is rife and causes families to feel isolated. Adfam encourages family members with lived experience, professionals supporting these families but also those without direct experience to get involved . Take your picture with the stigma-busting campaign board , telling people how stigma makes

Meeting & Dinner Hosted by Unity Group for ISSUP Members in Islamabad, Pakistan

A meeting of ISSUP members Islamabad and KPK province with Candidates of Unity Group of Addiction professionals held at Ramada Hotel, Islamabad. During the meeting Mr. Bashir Ahmad Naz, Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Ms. Saima and Ms. Shaista Naz addressed the participants. Unity group said that they had a plan of action for strengthening the drug demand reduction field. Mr. Bashir Ahmad Naz and Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore said that we would conduct training workshops

Meeting with Mr. King Korean Coffee Owner on 19 January, 2019 at DFPF Office Karachi, Pakistan

Had a great meeting with Mr. King Korean Coffee owner on 19 January, 2019 at Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF) office in Karachi, Pakistan. Mr. King really appreciated our substance use prevention, treatment, engaging young people and peace-building and conflict transformation and youth empowerment initiative in Pakistan. Mr. King insured us that Coffee CSR department would join the venture of working with Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF) on the youth empowerment project in Pakistan. I

Great Meeting with Mr. Farhan Ahmad Global Youth Activist International Youth Committee on 18 January, 2019

Mr. Ahmad Shah, Exchange Ambassador with U.S. Embassy Pakistan, had a great meeting with Mr. Farhan Ahmad Global Youth Activist of the International Youth Committee (IYC) on 18 January, 2019 at Gloria Jean's Sindhi Muslim in Karachi, Pakistan for the Joint Venture strategies regarding the upcoming Pakistan Youth Congress PYC and International Youth Committee - World Youth Conference and ISSUP Pakistan chapter. The International Youth Committee (IYC) is an International Youth Organization working to provide

Useful Meeting with Colombo Plan Representative on 18 January, 2019 in Karachi, Pakistan

Drug Free Pakistan Foundation staff had a great meeting with the Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific-Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) representative Mr. Mohammad Ayub Senior Advisor/Treatment Expert for discussion for future plan prevention and treatment improvement and quality of work in future training, workshop and youth empowerment program. On behalf of Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF) I am very thankful to Colombo Plan and Mr. Mohammad Ayub for

Announcement: ISSUP Pakistan – New Board Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the elections for the ISSUP Pakistan Board. The nine board members have been selected based on rank order from those who have received the most votes. All five provinces of Pakistan (Sindh , Punjab , KPK, Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan) are represented on the board. The new ISSUP Pakistan Board: 1. Bashir Ahmed Naz, Punjab - President - 215 2. Saima Asghar, Punjab - 197 2. Dr

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

Diversity Camp for Interfaith Harmony and Tolerance 11-13 January 2019 in Murree, Pakistan

The Youth Development Foundation (YDF) organized a diversity youth camp for interfaith harmony and tolerance training and workshop between 11-13 January 2019 in Murree, Pakistan. The Youth Development Foundation (YDF) engaged university students and gave them the opportunity to speak about peace and conflict resolution. Mr. Ahmad Shah was also invited as an observer for this diversity youth camp for interfaith harmony and tolerance training and workshop shared his experience with the young people. Mr.

ICUDDR Conference: Call for Proposals

The International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) is soliciting proposals for presentations at its 4th Annual Conference to be held in Cusco, Peru July 22-23, 2019! There are two categories for which you can submit a proposal. Please keep in mind our mission and goals when submitting your proposal. Mission: ICUDDR supports the rapid improvement in competencies and skills among current and future generations of addiction professionals, to meet the increasing demand

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.