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UNODC helps mental health workers of Kazakhstan to stay safe during COVID – 19 pandemic

Pandemics and health emergencies like the current COVID-10 outbreak, can cost many lives and pose additional risks to the global economy and overall security and stability. Ensuring continued access to health care during a pandemic, including services for people who use drugs and treatment of drug use disorders, are key not only to protect the health of populations, but also key to security and stability. Drug use disorders are frequently accompanied by somatic conditions such

UNODC and partners support the Republican Narcotics Center in the fight against COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan

Although COVID-19 usually occurs easily and most people recover quickly, coronavirus can cause very serious complications for certain categories of people, including the elderly and people with weakened immune systems or chronic diseases. Ensuring continued access to health care during a pandemic, including services for people using drugs and the treatment of drug-related disorders, is essential not only for public health, but also a key element in security and stability. Every day, Kyrgyzstan reports an

UNODC supported the UTC walkthrough training in Albania and Serbia

Collaborating with the Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) of the Colombo Plan –Chilean Office and the University of California San Diego, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) assisted the Albanian and Serbian Government with the organization of the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) walkthrough training workshops. Supporting the dissemination of UTC basic series, groups of national academic experts and service providers had a chance to be presented with cutting edge science and expertise on

На передовой пандемии: COVID-19 глазами психотерапевта наркодиспансера

Пандемия, и связанные с ней ограничения, принесли перемены в жизни практически каждого жителя планеты. Однако, немногие задумываются о том, как изменилась жизнь лиц с расстройствами, вызванными употреблением наркотиков, являющихся одними из самых уязвимых и нуждающихся в постоянной помощи. С одной стороны, закрытие границ во время карантина, привело к резкому сокращению доступа к наркотическим веществам; с другой стороны, стала распространенной проблема потери дохода, к тому же, многие виды зависимости сопровождаются различными заболеваниями и слабым иммунитетом, что

At the forefront of a pandemic: COVID-19 through the eyes of psychotherapist at a drug treatment facility

The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions associated with it have changed people’s lives in almost all countries. However, very few realize how the lives of people with drug use disorders – who are among the most vulnerable and in need of ongoing care – have changed. On the one hand, the closure of borders during quarantine has led to a dramatic reduction in access to narcotic drugs. On the other hand, loss of income has

UNODC Continues to Support Capacity Building of National Trainer Teams Within the Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders

A Regional three-day training for trainers (ToT) on Course 9 “Advanced Pharmacology and Substance Use Disorders” of the Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders (UTC training package) was launched via online video conference platform on 16 November 2020. The main purpose of the training was to prepare the team of national trainers who in the future will be able to independently train professionals, working in the field of drug dependence

National Addictions Awareness Week

National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) is from November 22 to 28. Change Begins with Me is the theme for this year’s National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW). We want to present Canadians with ways they can reassess the way they think about substance use disorders and people who use drugs. Change Begins with Me builds on our 2019 NAAW campaign, Stigma Ends with Me. We want people to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, so this

Call for Team Applications, SPR Sixteenth Annual Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup

Significant advances in prevention science are often due to a team of individuals working closely together across many years. In recognition of the importance of the collaborative process to the field, the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) will sponsor a friendly competition amongst teams of early career researchers for the honor of bringing home the Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Cup is named for two of the founders and

Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

The 8th Awareness Week on Alcohol related Harm will be held from 16th to 20th November. This year’s theme is: Alcohol & Cancer The aim of the Awareness Week on Alcohol related Harm is to raise awareness among EU policymakers of the harms caused by alcohol, to increase awareness of the need to address alcohol-related harm in Europe and highlight the need to address it through an integrated approach to alcohol policy. You can find

UNODC Listen First Campaign

'Listen First' is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities. Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe. Listen First was launched in 2016 during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem. It began as

ICUDDR Course Solicitation

There is still time to submit an application to ICUDDR's course solicitation that closes on 4th December, 2020. ICUDDR and the International Society for Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) have teamed up to support a university in the development of an academic course on writing for peer review journals. This solicitation will provide support to one university from a low or middle income country with an education program in drug demand reduction, to develop an academic

Alcohol Change UK Free Webinars

Alcohol Change UK, in partnership with SMMGP and fdap, are running a series of free webinars as part of Alcohol Change UK's Safeguarding Vulnerable Drinkers' Project. Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Mental Capacity - Dr Raja Mukherjee 12th November 2pm More information Lessons from Safeguarding Adult Reviews - Professor Michael Preston-Shoot 19th November 1pm More information Alcohol, Neurobiology & Mental Capacity - Dr. Stefania Bonaccorso 26th November 2pm More information Alcohol Related Brain Damage and

Stigma Online Learning

CCSA is addressing the stigma surrounding substance use through online learning. CCSA have developed an introductory learning module as the first in a planned series of modules on the topic of stigma and substance use. These modules are developed with the needs of both the general public and professional audiences in mind. The first module, The Sting of Stigma, will introduce you to the concept of stigma, and explain why it is harmful and what

UNODC together with IKAI Conducted a Remote Training on UTC 4 “Basic Counselling for Addiction Professionals” in Indonesia

UNODC Indonesia together with the Indonesian Association of Addiction Counselors (IKAI) organised a remote training on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Basic Counseling for Addiction Professionals in September 2020. Since 2019, UNODC and IKAI have already an agreement on the training implementation using evidence-based materials to strengthen the capacities of the drug treatment workforce especially for those who already registered as IKAI’s member. After days of preparation, finally the first remote training on UTC Basic Counseling

Training of Trainers on UPC Course 2, Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Specialists

A 4 days virtual training on Universal Prevention Curriculum Course 2, “Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Specialists” from 02 to 05 November 2020 kicked off today by UNODC to add into pool of national master trainers on substance use prevention working in Pakistan, funded by INL and supported by Ministry of Narcotics Control Govt. of Paksitan and Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section UNODC HQ. This intervention focuses on building the capacity of professionals as trainers

Drug Addiction Free Africa Website

Drug Addiction Free Africa which is founded in Uganda, is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization that exists to promote Safe and Drug Abuse Free African Communities through collective impact models, evidence-based prevention interventions, Strategic Prevention Framework, and cultural competency to meet the increasing demand for prevention, treatment, and public health services in Africa. Areas of focus; education, research, community outreach, collaborations, and advocacy. Drug Addiction Free Africa leadership is happy to introduce to the world the

Online Echo Training on the Living Drug Free (Child) Curriculum in Bangladesh

Drug abuse is a tremendous menace in society with grave biological, social, financial, psychological, and security effects on the individuals, families, and the community. In the context of our country, the number of children with drug abuse is increasing day by day. To providing proper services to living drug-free the child Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has organized fifteen days long training for addiction professionals including psychologists, physiatrists, doctors, and other treatment professionals from the country’s

Lack of transparency in the disclosure of conflicts of interest in the area of alcohol, text warns

Concerned, from the scientific point of view and the formulation of public policies, with the lack of transparency in the dissemination of conflicts of interest by organizations that disseminate information in the media about alcohol use in Brazil, researchers from the City University of New York, UNIFESP and the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa published text in the September issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. They warn that omissions

UNODC Supports the Continuity of Services under COVID-19 in Côte d'Ivoire

To support the continuity of treatment and care services for drug use disorders, PTRS / GLOK32 through UBRAF funds, following a webinar on continued access to treatment held in June 2020, supported the Ministry of Health in Côte d'Ivoire with the provision of personal protective equipment to services and centers and the procurement of a sewing machine to manufacture reusable masks for a community-based organization to promote the safe and secure availability of treatment and

Registration opens for European Drugs Winter and Summer Schools 2021

The EMCDDA and the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) are pleased to open registration today for two upcoming joint events in 2021: the European Drugs Winter School (EDWS) and the European Drugs Summer School (EDSS). EDWS 1–12 March 2021 (online): Following the success of the EDSS in 2020, taught remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers have decided to deliver the first virtual EDWS in 2021. The theme of the event will be Responses

Training on Quality Assurance Framework for DDR Services in Pakistan, 26-29 October 2020

A 04 day virtual training 26-29 October 2020 on “Quality Assurance for Drug Demand Reduction Services in Pakistan” kicked off by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to support the Pakistan government in meeting global standards for drug use treatment and prevention services in Pakistan, funded by Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and supported by Ministry of Narcotics Contro (MNC), Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination (MoNHSR&C)

Training on Quality Assurance Framework for DDR Services in Pakistan, 26-29 October 2020

A 04 day virtual training 26-30 October 2020 on “Quality Assurance for Drug Demand Reduction Services in Pakistan” kicked off by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to support the Pakistan government in meeting global standards for drug use treatment and prevention services in Pakistan, funded by Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and supported by Ministry of Narcotics Contro (MNC), Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination (MoNHSR&C)

2020 Alaska Training Institute Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of the NAADAC Education and Research Foundatiom (NERF), NAADAC and the Alaska Addiction Professional Association (AAPA)are able to provide a limited number of conference scholarships to cover registration fees for those who might not otherwise be able to attend the Fifth Annual Alaska Training Institute. Scholarships only cover the registration for the two-day Fifth Annual Alaska Training Institute from November 30 - December 1, 2020. To apply for a conference

Brief Course on Smoking for pediatricians

Dr. João Paulo Becker Lotufo, friend and partner of Freemind and ISSUP Brazil, invitesyou to participate in the Brief Course on Smoking for pediatricians during the II Day of the Working Group of Alcohol and Drugs of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics. The course has the support of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics, Society of Pediatrics of São Paulo, Brazilian Medical Association and University Hospital of USP. Dr. Edson Liberal of the SBP will be

European and central Asian Countries Lead the Way in Cost-effective Alcohol Policies

A new report published by the World Health Organisation presents the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – as leaders in implementing the most cost-effective policies to reduce alcohol intake and alcohol-attributable harm in the WHO European Region. The report highlights the quick direct action the region has taken to reduce the harm that alcohol can cause to

The Ministry of Health of Senegal Celebrates World Mental Health Day with the Support of UNODC and Partners

The Ministry of Health of Senegal and UNODC mark World Mental Health Day This year, World Mental Health Day was celebrated across the world on October 10th, 2020. It comes at a time when billions of people around the globe have been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic which has had unmeasurable negative effects on mental health. This is why, WHO, together with its partner organizations has called for a major increase in investment geared

Now Accepting Applications: LMIC Scholarship

We're seeking participation from individuals of low- and middle-income countries at this year's virtual Science of D&I Conference. We’ve made available scholarships to cover the registration fee for individuals who would benefit for participating. Scholarship for Low- and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) individuals to attend the Virtual 13th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. Applicants for the scholarship must come from low- and middle-income countries and who would be otherwise unable

SPR 2021 Call for NIDA International Poster Abstracts

The Program Committee of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) invites proposals for preconference workshops to be held June 1, 2021, the first day of the SPR Annual Meeting. The workshops are primarily pedagogical, with hands-on instruction and specific learning objectives. Past workshops have provided continuing education in innovative quantitative methods; assembled experts to share theoretical perspectives, research findings and real-world implementation experiences that can inform prevention programs; and presented information helpful in advocacy and/or

Physicians who are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of the use of SPA

The misuse of licit and illicit drugs is a serious public health problem that affects all countries in the world in a worrying way. It is estimated that between 2005 and 2006, approximately 200 million individuals have consumed illicit drugs, corresponding to almost 5% of the world population in the age group between 15 and 64 years. In this scenario, the most consumed drugs are: marijuana, amphetamines, opiates and cocaine. In relation to licit substances