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When COVID-19 and Opioid Addiction Collide

We are witnessing, arguably, the greatest public health issue of our time. However, that is not to say the public health concerns that were present before the pandemic have disappeared. Opioid addiction and opioid-related deaths continue to cause great harm to society. This article discusses the way these two critical issues are interacting and causing damage to particularly vulnerable groups of people. The author describes how social determinants- the conditions in which people are born

NIDA Director Outlines Potential Risks to People Who Smoke and Use Drugs During COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness. In this article Dr. Volkow discusses how the serious health risks of COVID-19 pose unique challenges to people who smoke or vape, are already struggling with substance use disorders

Organizações lançam Campanha #VapeVicia #VapeMata

Fundação do Câncer, ACT, AMB, SBPT e outras instituições da área de saúde divulgam nota sobre pesquisa francesa que defende o uso da nicotina no combate ao novo coronavírus e lançam campanha #VapeVicia para alertar que fumantes, usuários de cigarros eletrônicos e narguilés têm quadro agravado quando contaminados pelo COVID-19. A Organização Mundial da Saúde (OMS) alerta para ampliação do risco de contágio por COVID-19 entre fumantes, usuários de cigarros eletrônicos e narguilés. Embora as

A bebida alcoólica e a pandemia do coronavírus

*Por Dr. Mário Sérgio Sobrinho O uso de drogas, entre elas, o álcool, é assunto mundialmente importante, tanto que a Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU), ao definir os “17 Objetivos para Transformar nosso Mundo”, considerou essencial “assegurar uma vida saudável e promover o bem-estar, em todas as idades” fixando como uma das ações importantes “reforçar a prevenção e o tratamento do abuso de substâncias, incluindo o abuso de drogas entorpecentes e uso nocivo do álcool.[1]”

MARC PhD Scholarships 2020

The Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) is offering scholarships to domestic students who wish to undertake the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) on alcohol and other drug-related projects that align with MARC’s core Workplan areas: Understanding pharmaceutical opioid-related harm or Alcohol use and young people The scholarship amount awarded to full-time PhD students is $29,000 per annum. PhD Scholarship duration is three years maximum. In addition, up to $10,000 will be available as a competitive MARC

Alcohol Change UK Grants Programme & Research Strategy

Alcohol Change UK have opened a new grants programme alongside a research strategy [pdf] outlining its funding priorities and plans for 2020 to 2023. The New Horizons grants programme is now open with the first round of grants focused on developing a greater understanding of 'Groups, Communities and Alcohol Harm', particularly those that focus on: Groups, sub-groups and communities that are subject to stigma, discrimination or structural disadvantage by society at large or by the

Press Statement - Substance Use Prevention and Treatment in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ref: ISSUPNC/01/ADM/VOL.1/004 May 11, 2020 PRESS RELEASE SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC We are an umbrella group of professionals dedicated to the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders among Nigerians. With over 14 million people who use different psychoactive substances in Nigeria, the burden of substance use is great and concerted efforts are required to reverse the worsening rate of substance use problems in the country. The COVID-19 pandemic has

Rehabilitasi NAPZA dan Pandemi COVID-19 di Indonesia

Sejak kasus pertama COVID-19 ditemukan di Indonesia dan secara resmi diumumkan oleh Presiden Republik Indonesia Joko Widodo pada tanggal 2 Maret 2020, kemudian pada tanggal 11 Maret 2020 World Health Organisation (WHO) menyatakan bahwa wabah COVID-19 adalah suatu pandemi, kasus demi kasus muncul dan berkembang hingga di kisaran 250 hingga 350 kasus baru setiap harinya[1] di Indonesia. Walaupun untuk kebanyakan orang dengan sistem imunitas normal, COVID-19 mungkin tidak membawa dampak yang cukup parah melihat angka

The Cost of Opioid Use to Australia

A recent study, published by the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University in Perth, has estimated that the illegal use of heroin and the misuse of pharmaceutical opioids is costing Australia around $15.7 billion and causing more than 2200 deaths a year. This is a significant increase from the previous record that was collected in 2007. Professor Steve Allsop commented: “Extra-medical use of opioids is likely to result in adverse outcomes that require

Alcohol Sales Ban in South Africa

Countries around the world have been introducing measures to reduce the harm of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although most countries are calling on individuals to avoid public gatherings and be mindful of social distancing, several countries have introduced tighter restrictions on other aspects of life. Soon after there were signs of COVID-19 in South African, the government implemented an alcohol sales ban as part of its public health response. Alcohol has a heavy burden on public

Social distancing? Stay calm and manage stress

This is a stressful time. You have to take care of yourself in order to support your children. You're not alone Millions of people have the same fears as us. Look for someone you can talk to about how you're feeling. Listen to them. Avoid social media that can make you feel panicked. Pause to relax We all need a break once in a while. When your kids are asleep, do something fun and relaxing

WHO Statement: Tobacco Use and COVID-19

Tobacco smoking is a known risk factor for many respiratory difficulties. A review of studies by public health experts convened by WHO on 29 April 2020 found that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19, compared to non-smokers. Following the review, the WHO has released a statement that explains the elevated risk. The article outlines potential smoking reduction and cessasion intervention programmes.

Full Tuition Scholarship to the Virtual 49th Summer Clinical Institute in Addictions Studies 2020

The University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, is honored to award you with a full tuition scholarship to the virtual 49th Summer Clinical Institute in Addictions Studies 2020. You will have a chance to interact and learn from the world leading experts , scientists, practitioners and policy makers in the area of Substance Use Disorders. We would like to thank the Scaife Family Foundation for their continues support of the

Could a Telehealth Programme Improve Outcomes for Justice-Involved Women?

Evidence has shown that individuals released from prison are at greater risk of drug overdose in the first 2 weeks post-release compared to the general population. After a period of relative abstinence, the tolerance of people who use opioids is greatly reduced and, as a result, they are at particularly high risk of overdosing if they resume use. In order to support this particularly vulnerable group of people, the National Institute of Health is developing

Consultation on "Addressing Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders in Humanitarian and Relief Settings"

The UNODC Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) in coordination with WHO and UNHCR is planning a consultation process to develop a technical guidance tool to address substance use and substance use disorders, as well as associated health and social consequences in Relief and Humanitarian Settings, and to increase access to substance use disorder treatment also in Humanitarian Settings. An expert group meeting is tentatively scheduled for the third quarter of 2020. This initiative derives

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

Social distancing? How to deal with bad behavior

All children eventually misbehide. This is normal when they are tired, hungry, afraid, or learning to be more independent. And they can drive you crazy when they're trapped in the house! Redirect Notice each bad behavior in advance and redirect your children's attention from bad to good behavior. Stop before it starts! When they start to get restless, you can distract them with something interesting or fun: "Let's take a walk!" Stop for a moment

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

Social distancing? Creating new routines can help

COVID-19 messed up our daily work routine, at home and at school. This is difficult for children, teenagers and also for you. Creating new routines can help. Create a firm but flexible daily routine Set up a schedule for you and your kids with time for planned activities and also free time. This can help children feel safer and behave better. Children or adolescents can help plan the routine of the day – how to

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 in the UK, 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

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.