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The Society for the Study of Addiction Professorship

The Society’s key goals are to promote effective policy and practice and to support the development of stronger addiction science. Through its Academic Fellowship scheme , launched in 2012, the Society is enabling high-calibre early and mid-career addictions researchers to develop further and they are now pleased to launch our new ‘SSA Addictions Professorship’ scheme to further strengthen addictions research in the UK. The ‘SSA Addictions Professorship’ scheme will create new addictions professorial positions in

National Youth Conference 'Role of Youth for Drug Prevention' Held in Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan

National Youth Conference held in Mirpur Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan organized by Umeed Clinic Mirpur. Mr. Bashir Naz, President Elect, ISSUP Pakistan Chapter, Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Director Elect ISSUP Pakistan and Muhammad Ayoub, Assistant Kashmir, Mirpur participated as Guests. Mr. Bashir Ahmad said that ISSUP is the representative society of substance use professionals in Pakistan. He also said that the role of youth is very important in drug abuse prevention. Mr. Sana Ullah

Workshop on Psychoactive Substance Use Prevention at Iqra University Karachi, Pakistan

On 3rd May 2019 the Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF) in collaboration with the Iqra University organized a one day Workshop on Substance Psychoactive Use Prevention at Iqra University in Karachi, Pakistan. The main objective of this workshop was raising awareness among youth on Psychoactive Substances. How youth can play a vital role play in substance use prevention in their respective community, university and school. The top management of Iqra University and Drug Free Pakistan

Participate in Adfam Survey: Caring as a Result of Somebody Else's Substance Use

The purpose of this survey is to paint a better picture of what it is like to support someone with drug or alcohol problems. A clearer understanding of the issue will help the charity and social sector to effectively support you. You will be asked questions about how a loved one’s drug or alcohol problems have affected your life, what support you have found useful, and what support you would like to see made available.

Participants Required for Study of Attitudes towards Smoking and Health

SASH: Study of Attitudes towards Smoking and Health is a research study that aims to understand smoking beliefs, attitudes and behaviours in current smokers who are aged 50 years and older and living in the UK. If you are eligible, the questionnaire will take around 15-20 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is designed to gain an understanding of people’s beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. The results will help us to understand more about smoking and help

The AU-EU Youth Hub is calling on all civil society organisations to submit concept notes for the AU-EU Youth Hub Call for Proposals

The AU-EU Youth Hub is calling on all civil society organisations to submit concept notes for the AU-EU Youth Hub Call for Proposals. The Call makes available EUR 10 million in 7 lots: Culture, Arts and Sports Peace and Security Governance and Political Inclusion (Accountability) Governance and Political Inclusion (Remittances) Environment Preservation and Climate Change Education and Skills Business, Job Creation and Entrepreneurship How to apply The detailed Guidelines of the Call for Proposals can

President and Director Elect ISSUP Pakistan Address to National Youth Leadership Conference against Drug Abuse in Lahore, Pakistan

Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Director Elect ISSUP Pakistan, participated in the National Youth Leadership Conference in Lahore, Pakistan as a Guest Speaker. Mr. Bashir Ahmad Naz, President Elect ISSUP Pakistan, also graced the occasion as chief Guest. Conference was hosted by Ehsas for Life. Mr. Bashir Ahmad Naz said: "I would like to thanks organizers and youth for this wonderful conference." He also said after assumption of charge new board would conduct different activities for

DFPF-Newsletter - Issue March 2019

Monthly Newsletter March - 2019: During this month, the Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF) organized mentorship sessions for the members of music and drama society at the University of Education Township and bank road campus in Lahore. These session were organized for several skillsets from music such as piano, guitar, harmonium, tabla and vocals, drama skills includes acting, script writing, direction and production. Renowned mentors in this field were invited to enhance the existing skills

Voluntary Researchers Wanted - Mentor UK

Mentor UK is looking for volunteers to help maintain up-to-date knowledge of alcohol and drug prevention and education in community, family and school settings. The role will involve role researching and writing briefs that will contribute to the ongoing development of Mentor programmes and policy work. The researchers will be able to work closely with staff to develop their areas of interest in line with Mentor’s mission and values. This role would suit recent graduates

Basic Counseling Course for Addiction Professionals: UTC-4

A 5 day training course “Basic Counseling Skills for Addiction Professionals” was organized by Aga Khan Social Welfare Board in Collaboration with Drug Free Pakistan Foundation and ISSUP-Pakistan Chapter from April 6 & 7, 13 & 14, and 20, 2019. This training was conducted by Dr. Salman Shahzad and Ms. Farheen Naveed. The main aim of this training was to train community mental health professionals so that they could develop knowledge, skills and competency in

Meeting with Mrs. Sidra Amir Principal of Unique Solutions School

Special Meeting was held with Mrs. Sidra Amir, Principal of Unique Group of Solutions regarding prevention program & ongoing activities. Syed Zulfiqar Hussain, Consultant, Anti Drugs/Narcotics Campaign highlighted different activities in the meeting. Ms. Saima Shahzad, Psychologist and Syed Mohsin, Incharge School Program (DATH) also participated in the meeting.

Meeting of Mr. Muhammad Ayub, Senior Adviser, Colombo Plan, DAP with Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore CEO MATH

A meeting of Mr. Muhammad Ayub, Senior Adviser, Colombo Plan DAP and Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, CEO Mian Afzal Trust Hospital, Gujranwala Pakistan was held at MATH. During the meeting Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore said that as an education provider of Colombo Plan MATH is conducting UTC training in Pakistan, which will hopefully be completed in August, 2019. Mr. Rathore suggested to Adviser Colombo Plan to conduct ICAP examination in Pakistan in near future. Mr.

Visit of Mr. Muhmmad Ayub, Senior Advisor, Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program

Mr. Muhammad Ayub, Senior Advisor visited Freedom Treatment & Rehab in Gujranwala, Pakistan, 2019. Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Consultant Drug Rehabilitation Freedom, Director elect ISSUP Pakistan, Rana Maqsood Ahmad, Arshad Javed Mughal, Muhammad Javed and other staff welcomed him. Mr. Ayub visited the facility and appreciated the quality treatment services of Freedom Rehab. He also discussed different aspects of the rehabilitation process in Freedom with staff. He said: "I feel pleasure to see the rehab

South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy 2019

Release, the UK’s centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law, is proud to invite applications to the 2019 South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy . Fellows will be hosted at Release in London, UK. This program supports those working in sectors related to drug policy in order to increase their understanding of international drug policy reform issues, to improve their advocacy skills, and to enhance their capacity in working with the media

Research Survey: Enhancing Drug Treatment for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities

Dear European expert in migrant (mental) health/wellbeing or drug treatment, This is a request to share your work in a European report. MATREMI (mapping & enhancing drug treatment for migrants and ethnic minorities) is a research project funded by the Belgian Science Policy office and one of its aims could be relevant to your own professional context: Mapping European promising practices aimed at increasing reach and retention of and accessibility for migrants and ethnic minorities

Invitation to Conduct Research

The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force, in conjunction with Southside Partnership and Dublin Rathdown Community Addiction Team, invites submissions from suitably qualified parties to conduct a research project to commence during 2019. Study summary: an investigation of current patterns of use and misuse of alcohol and drugs in Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown (DLR) among vulnerable young people aged between 16-24 years. Region: South Dublin Closing date: 10/05/19

Calling Students- UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme (FLF) aims to support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential based in UK universities, registered businesses, and other research and user organisations. It is hoped that the support provided will enable the fellow to establish their research and/or innovation independence. The scheme, which is designed to tackle difficult and novel challenges, provides up to seven years of funding, for at least 550 early-career researchers and innovators The

Better Prevention of Drug Use, Healthy and Safe Development of Children in Belarus

UNODC had the honour of facilitating a seminar for policy makers in Belarus at the request of the Ministry of Interior of the country. The event was organised with the support of the UN Resident Coordinator and the contribution of UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNICEF. More than 40 policy makers, including representatives from the Ministry of Education, Information and Health, as well as CSOs were present at the training. Participants worked together over three days to

UNODC Partnership with Lions Club to Develop Personal and Social Skills of Adolescents

The UNODC/WHO Second Update Edition of the International Standards on Drug Use Prevention http://bit.ly/2D1Qua4 identifies evidence-based education on personal and social skills as one of the effective strategies to prevent drug use and other risky behaviours in early adolescence. We also know from the work of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance that such programmes have been found to be effective in preventing youth violence ( https://www.who.int/violenceprevention/en/ ). This is why UNODC was delighted to attend

The Results of the WHO-UNODC Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facility Survey in Serbia

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Government of Serbia, UNODC supported the implementation of the UNODC/WHO substance use disorder treatment facility survey to map existing treatment capacity. The results of the survey serve national policy makers to enhance the availability and quality of services across the country. This is the first global pilot of the UNODC/WHO survey tool and the first in the country with such an implementation methodology and such an

Blogpost: Let’s Address Four Common Myths About Harm Reduction

This is a blogpost written by Khary Rigg and Steven Proctor: The US has historically been resistant to supporting harm reduction programs for people who use drugs. While some object to harm reduction approaches on ideological grounds—i.e., abstinence is the only way, drug use is immoral—most reject interventions like syringe exchange programs and maintenance medications based on commonly held myths. Despite considerable research evidence being available to dispel such myths, confusion about common harm reduction

South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy 2019

South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy 2019 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday 26 April 2019 Eligible Countries: Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP Release, the UK’s centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law, is proud to invite applications to the 2019 South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy. Fellows will be hosted at Release in London, UK. This program supports those working

Some E-cigarette Users Are Having Seizures: Most Reports Involving Youth and Young Adults

Source: https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm635133.htm “The FDA has become aware that some people who use e-cigarettes have experienced seizures, with most reports involving youth or young adult users. Seizures or convulsions are known potential side effects of nicotine toxicity and have been reported in the scientific literature in relation to intentional or accidental swallowing of e-liquid. However, a recent uptick in voluntary reports of adverse experiences with tobacco products that mentioned seizures occurring with e-cigarette use (e.g., vaping)