U.S. National Report Shows Less Underage Drinking and Smoking, but Overall Substance Use and Mental Illness Levels Remain Constant

Some forms of substance use, such as adolescent (aged 12 to 17) underage drinking and alcohol use among young adults (aged 18 to 25), continued to drop according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) latest (2015) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report. Other substance use levels among youth and young adults, including marijuana and heroin use, remained relatively stable over the past few years. The report also finds

Helping Young People Lead Healthy Lives

'Listen First' is a drug prevention initiative that aims at raising awareness around listening to children and youth as the first step to help them grow healthy and safe. This global campaign targets parents, teachers, policy makers, health care professionals, and others concerned about the well-being of young people. The campaign was developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the World Health Organization, the French Interministerial Mission for

World Renowned Nightclub to Close after Drug-Related Deaths

London’s world-famous nightclub 'Fabric' has had its license revoked due to what local authorities have described as a “culture of drugs” at the venue. In the last four years there have been six drug-related deaths involving the nightclub. Five of these were people under 25, most recently two teenagers earlier this year. The Metropolitan Police has welcomed the council decision to shut 'Fabric' down. It has been criticised, however, by a number of DJs and

Online Learning Module: The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has released an engaging learning module that provides evidence-based information on the effects of cannabis use during adolescence. The module is based on CCSA's report on the psychological, social and health-related effects of marijuana use among young people. It's a great resource for parents, teachers, health care providers, social workers and anyone else concerned about the well-being of young people. The module covers four far-reaching questions: How does

Share Your Story: International Essay Contest

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network Coordinating Office is holding an international essay contest for recovered persons to celebrate recovery month. In the tradition of the U.S.A.’s National Recovery Month, they are encouraging people across the globe who are in recovery from substance use and/or mental health disorders to help them harness the power of stories by participating in the essay contest. Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place entries. If

Online Learning for Prevention Standards

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has released an online learning module that will help prevention professionals better understand the Portfolio of Canadian Standards for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention. The module aims to help prevention teams, mental health professionals, school administrators, law enforcement personnel and others to plan, select, implement and evaluate prevention initiatives in their communities and schools, and at home. The module: Identifies barriers to implementing the Canadian Standards for Youth Substance

White House Eases Cap on Medication for Opioid Addiction

In the USA, Frontline report on changes in policy to allow doctors to issue more prescriptions for buprenorphine; new rules aimed at improving drug monitoring by federal prescribers treating Native Americans and military veterans; a proposal to end financial incentives based on patient feedback for doctors who prescribe opioids; and more than a dozen new scientific studies on pain treatment and opioid dependence. The change to the regulation of prescribing buprenorphine, which comes into effect

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