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UNODC Supports Central Asian Countries in Piloting Drug Use Disorder Treatment Services Quality Assurance Mechanisms/Tools

Background Four Central Asia countries piloted the UNODC Quality Assurance (QA) mechanisms in 2019 with training and technical assistance provided by UNODC in 2018-2019. The countries involved were Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The activity was conducted within the framework of the UNODC global project GLOJ71: “Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet II” and funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Following training of experts

Os 12 passos para pais prevenirem uso de drogas na adolescência

Listas de passos com ações recomendáveis para facilitar a cessação do uso de drogas são muito utilizadas, e com sucesso, por entidades como os Alcoólicos Anônimos, Narcóticos Anônimos, entre outros. Com enfoque na prevenção, propomos uma lista de 12 medidas, que devem ser aplicadas pelos pais, para prevenir a entrada dos seus filhos adolescentes no mundo das drogas lícitas e ilícitas. São medidas baseadas nos dados atuais e na nossa experiência do atendimento de crianças

Postgraduate Research Opportunities for Students Interested in Alcohol and Other Drug Research.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), University of Sydney have announced new postgraduate research opportunities for students interested in alcohol and other drug research. ABOUT THE PROGRAM Since NDARC's inception, more than 80 students have successfully completed a higher degree research (HDR) program at the Centre (PhD and Masters), with a success rate of over 90%. Currently NDARC has 25 HDR candidates enrolled, including three Aboriginal students and 17 female students. NDARC students

Mudanças no uso de álcool em adultos e consequências durante a pandemia de COVID-19 nos EUA

Como os pedidos de “fiquem em casa” começaram em alguns estados dos EUA como uma estratégia de mitigação da transmissão da doença coronavírus 2019 (COVID-19), a Nielsen relatou um aumento de 54% nas vendas nacionais de álcool na semana encerrada em 21 de março de 2020, em comparação com 1 ano antes; as vendas online aumentaram 262% em relação a 2019 (1). Três semanas depois, a Organização Mundial da Saúde alertou que o uso de

The danger of electronic cigarettes indoors

Dr. João Paulo Lotufo, friend and partner of Freemind and ISSUP Brazil, in his column on USP radio, tells us about the danger of electronic cigarettes indoors and warns that young Americans are the ones who consume the most, according to studies, and do not consider this consumption harmful. But that's not true, since e-cigarette emissions are not harmless and calling them steam is purposely misleading. Although the smoky snags of the electronic cigarette are

Família é a base para a prevenção ao uso de substâncias, diz Frei Hans Stapel

Durante o 6º Congresso Internacional Freemind, realizado em dezembro de 2019 na cidade de Águas de Lindóia/SP, Frei Hans Stapel – Fundador da Fazenda da Esperança e Consultor do Conselho Pontifício para os Leigos - compartilhou com os congressistas sua experiência de vida e a importância da família na sua educação e falou um pouco também de seu trabalho na recuperação de usuários de drogas: Quanto mais idoso eu fico, mais eu vejo a importância

UNODC Training for Kenyan Policymakers on the Nature, Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

More than 25 Kenyan policymakers participated in a five-day UNODC policymakers online training on the nature, prevention and treatment of drug use disorders, held between 24 and 31 August 2020. The aim of this high-level training is to support Member States in their efforts to create humane, effective and evidence-based drug use prevention and drug dependence treatment and care services. This UNODC event was inaugurated by the CEO of National Authority for the Campaign Against

UNODC supports national partners in Kazakhstan to ensure continuity and sustainability of treatment, care and rehabilitation services during the COVIDE-19 pandemic for people who use drugs

On 25 September 2020, UNODC's Regional Mission in Central Asia and the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section of UNODC Headquarters, in collaboration with the National Centre for Mental Health Research of the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan, organized a national webinar. The purpose of the webinar was to organize a stakeholder forum to share important international experiences on the continuity and sustainability of HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services for people who use drugs

UNODC Supports National Partners in Kazakhstan in Ensuring the Continuity and Sustainability of Treatment, Care and Rehabilitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic for People who Use Drugs

UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia and UNODC PTRS in collaboration with the Republican Scientific and Practical Centre on Mental Health of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan held national webinar on 25 September 2020. The purpose of the webinar was to create a forum for national experts to share valuable international experience on how to ensure the continuity and sustainability of drug dependence treatment, HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause lifelong harm to the fetus

When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, her baby also drinks. Alcohol is bad for the baby: the baby is too young to drink! The range of damage caused to the foetus due to alcohol consumption during pregnancy is called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Alcohol can harm the baby's brain, heart, eyes and other organs. Children with FASD may have difficulty learning, controlling how they act, and making friends. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause

Internship Opportunity- UNODC

The internship is located in the Conference Support Section (CSS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna, Austria. The position is for a period of 6 months starting in November/December 2020. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are

EUSPR 2020 Award Nominations

Nominations for 2020 EUSPR awards are now open. The closing data for nomination is Wednesday 30th September at 1pm, UK time. This is an important opportunity for EUSPR members to recognise individuals who have made an important contribution to Prevention Science. Please see the attached information with information about the awards, how to submit a nomination and the criteria that will be used to judge them. This year’s judging panel will comprise a sub group

Famílias, como prevenir? O diálogo começa em casa.

Famílias, como prevenir? O diálogo começa em casa. Conversando com Maria de Fátima Padin Em seu canal do YouTube, Drogas e Sociedade, Gleuda Apolinário recebe a Dra. Maria de Fátima Padin para uma conversa sobre como prevenir o uso de drogas nas famílias através do diálogo. Durante 37 minutos, Dra. Maria de Fátima falou de sua experiência e deixou muitas dicas importantes de como os pais devem agir diante das situações que podem se apresentar

Álcool, drogas e direção – Semana Nacional do Trânsito

De 18 a 25 de Setembro – Semana Nacional do Trânsito Álcool, drogas e direção: perceba o risco… Proteja a vida! A Semana Nacional de Trânsito (SNT), conforme disposto no art. 326 do Código de Trânsito Brasileiro (CTB), é comemorada anualmente entre os dias 18 e 25 de setembro. Ações em todo o país são realizadas pelos órgãos do Sistema Nacional de Trânsito com o objetivo de conscientizar todos os envolvidos, sejam eles motoristas, passageiros

UNODC PTRS Organized Informal Expert Consultation on Substance Use Disorders in Humanitarian Settings

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) there are now close to 80 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, and with mental health among this segment of the world’s population already a neglected area, the treatment of substance use disorders is increasingly overlooked in public health and humanitarian settings. To explore a solution to this alarming crisis, UNODC —in coordination with WHO and UNHCR, along with the US State Department and the Bureau of

Master’s Program in Addiction Policy and Practice

Georgetown Announces Master’s Program in Addiction Policy and Practice. The new program seeks to build a national policy workforce to respond to one of the most untreated chronic health conditions in the United States. Georgetown University’s new Master's Program in Addiction Policy and Practice is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary course of study that seeks to build a national policy workforce to respond to one of the most untreated chronic health conditions in the United States –

Dia Nacional de Prevenção e Combate à Depressão

Neste 15 de setembro, Dia Nacional de Prevenção e combate à Depressão, precisamos falar sobre a relação da adolescência, da depressão, do uso de drogas e do suicídio entre nossos filhos e amigos. O suicídio é a segunda causa de morte em jovens dos 15 aos 29 anos de idade. Em mulheres, é a principal causa de mortalidade na faixa etária dos 15 aos 19 anos. Apesar de ser o desfecho trágico de um conjunto

Applied Prevention Science International (APSI)- Upcoming Courses

The APSI Education Centre is running a series of summer courses. Find out more about the events below. Evidence-Based Prevention Interventions and Policies: New Tools for Prevention Professionals Sep 24, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT Sep 29, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT This course features one of the major outcomes from more than 30 years of prevention science. The term “evidence-based” has long been applied in the medical field and now is a

Prevenção ao suicídio

Neste mês de setembro, salvar vidas é falar sobre Prevenção ao Suicídio. Para o Freemind e ISSUP Brasil, salvar vidas é a nossa missão e o caminho para isso é a Prevenção. Nossos jovens e até mesmo nossas crianças estão cada dia mais vulneráveis a ideações suicidas e tentativas de suicídio. Precisamos estar atentos aos sinais. Por isso, compartilhamos um material da Campanha Setembro Amarelo 2020, da ABP e CFM voltado aos pais, responsáveis e

2020 EUSPR Awards

Nominations for 2020 EUSPR awards are now open. The closing data for nomination is Wednesday 30th September at 1pm, UK time. This is an important opportunity for EUSPR members to recognise individuals who have made an important contribution to Prevention Science. Please see the attached information with information about the awards, how to submit a nomination and the criteria that will be used to judge them. This year’s judging panel will comprise a sub group

World Suicide Prevention Day

Every year on the 10th of September organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide. Close to 800 000 people die by suicide every year. Furthermore, for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts. Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention. This year, the theme for

Online Training- Families and Substance Use

Course: Families and substance use: the impact of hidden harm, trauma and protective factors An online training course, delivered via Zoom. The training will take place over two days and four separate sessions, lasting two and a half hours each. These will take place on: Monday 28th September : 9.30am - 12 noon Monday 28th September: 1.00pm - 3.30pm Tuesday 29th September: 9.30am - 12 noon Tuesday 29th September: 1.00pm - 3.30pm By the end

Alguém Perguntou às Crianças como Elas Estão se Sentindo?

Quais os direitos das crianças? Um deles é o direito a brincar, uma vez que o brincar se apresenta como ferramenta essencial para a sua saúde durante seu crescimento, já que ela se descobre na brincadeira, bem como apreende o mundo de forma lúdica, vivenciando as experiências de forma adequada à sua idade. A criança que brinca constrói uma estrutura psicológica e emocional resiliente e muito mais preparada para enfrentar os desafios do mundo adulto

African Civil Society Common Position on Drugs

Building on developments at the international level – including the March 2019 Ministerial Declaration on strengthening actions for the world drug problem and the recently adopted African Union Plan of Action on Drug Control – please find the‘African Civil Society Common Position on Drugs’ here. The document seeks to incorporate the perspectives and guide the work of a wide range of NGOs from across the African continent, and help to shape and guide civil society

ICATT: Indonesian Consortium of Addiction Technology Transfer, SEA-HATTC’s Expansion of New Learning Community, Building Capacity, and Solving the Shortage of Mental Health and Addiction Workforce

Author: Eduardo Renaldo & Eva Suryani Mental health is a global problem. Mental health personnel faces critical challenges in delivery of care particularly in remote areas. Given the uneven knowledge/skill development and geographic spread of regional providers, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as one of the agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aim to effectively target substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in

What is prevention science?

Do you know what Prevention Science is? The partners of Freemind and ISSUP Brasil, Rodrigo Flaire – State Coordinator of Drug Policies of São Paulo – and Claudemir dos Santos – Technical Director of Prevention of COED-SP, in this video, explain and give examples of what is and how prevention science can be used to make decisions based on scientific evidence. Here's what they say: Science is a branch of knowledge of empirical* nature, logical

Some effective tactics for preventing drug use

National and international drug prevention networks, community leaders and strong community coalitions are the key to changing public attitudes and reducing the availability of illicit drugs worldwide. Some effective tactics include promoting drug demand reduction principles and raising awareness of the social consequences of drug abuse and addiction. Below you will learn about many other strategies that have been implemented and have successfully reduced drug use from a global perspective to the site. How can

What is the target of the marijuana industry?

According to a new study,unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in California are opening in black and Latino neighborhoods at a disproportionately high rate, following a similar pattern taken by alcohol and tobacco retailers. Researchers say this trend could worsen existing health disparities for minority and poor communities because highly potent products sold in unlicensed dispensaries are less likely to be tested for safety, have no safe packaging for children, and are often cheaper than highly regulated products