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

EMCDDA Publishes Its First Report on Health Responses to New Psychoactive Substances

Over the last decade, there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of new drugs appearing on the global market. In Europe, around two new psychoactive substances (NPS) are detected every week, posing a major challenge to drug policy and practice. In its latest report, released today ahead of International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking (26 June), the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) presents its first analysis of the health responses to these

Registration open for fifth European drugs summer school

The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) will be joining forces this summer to hold the fifth European drugs summer school (EDSS) on ‘Illicit drugs in Europe: demand, supply and public policies’. Registration is open for the two-week course, which will take place in the Portuguese capital from 27 June to 8 July. The initiative is also supported by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Alcohol advertising has no place on our kids' screens

Sandra Jones, Australian Catholic University Research shows children who are exposed to alcohol advertising are more likely to start drinking earlier and to drink more. But Australian regulations are inadequate to protect children and adolescents from such advertising. That’s the finding of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) review of alcohol advertising. Importantly, it makes 30 recommendations to fix the problem. But 18 months after ANPHA passed the report to government, the Coalition is

Is it Time to Talk to Your Teen About Drug Use?

The US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has recently updated its Family Checkup resource for parents concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs. The resource is built around five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlighting positive parenting skills. Each question is illustrated with video examples alongside information to help parents practice these important skills. The questions are: Are you able to