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ISSUP Member Ahmad Shah has been selected Exchange Ambassador with the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan for one year

ISSUP member Ahmad Shah has been selected as an Exchange Ambassador with the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan for one year. Here is a personal message from Ahmad describing his involvement and experience in the drug demand reduction field: Greetings from Pakistan My journey started at the 6th Asian Youth Congress (AYC) in Bali, Indonesia in 2008. The Youth Congress was organized by Colombo Plan, supported by INL, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International

SAMHSA Tobacco-Free Recovery Grant 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery Grant is now open for applications. Offering up to 5 million USD the grant can be used for a range of projects with the aims to increase awareness, disseminate current research or educate behavioral health providers. The purpose of the grant is to improve health and addition recovery outcomes with the overall goal being to, "establish a national center

Pompidou Group Prevention Prize 2018

Applications for the Pompidou Group Prevention Prize are now open. The Pompidou Group is the Council of Europe’s drug policy cooperation platform. The Prevention Prize is awarded to highlight excellent drug prevention projects that have proved successful in practice in involving young people. It aims to encourage the development of drug prevention work where young people are actively participating. Up to 5000 EUR is available every two years for projects which are already underway. Winners

The European Health Award 2018

Applications are now open for the European Health Awards . Coordinated by the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG), the awards are offered to public health and healthcare initiatives in Europe. The award focuses on projects disparities in health status, access to services and the provision of treatment within Europe. Projects must already be in their first phase of implementation, should be innovative and transferrable to other countries. The prize includes 10,000 EUR which will be

Fifth Founding Anniversary of Female Drug Treatment Center

Ahsania Mission Female Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center celebrated its 5th Founding Anniversary on 12th April 2018 at the Health Sector Training Room in Saymoli, Dhaka. Head of the Health Sector of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) Mr. Iqbal Masud, presided over the ceremony and Former Residential Psychiatrist of Central Drug Treatment Center of Narcotics Control Department Dr. Aktaruzzaman Salim, National Director of Bangladesh Youth First Concern (BYFC) Dr. Petar Haldar, Director of the ASROY drug

Rise in Glutamate Levels Can Be Used to Predict Drug High

A study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explores the action of psychostimulant drugs on glutamate , one of the most abundant neurotransmitters in the human body. Drugs with a stimulant effect are commonly prescribed to aid attention, energy and mood but will also often be abused "off-prescription" or prescribed medications misused. Researchers sought to better understand the effects of amphetamine and methamphetamine on glutamate and a range of neurometabolites. Two FDA

Tobacco Product Packages Will Have ‘Quit Line’ from September in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, INDIA: From September 1, the tobacco product packages must for the first time have a ‘Quit Line’, which will contain a helpline number accompanied with a health warning message. The Indian Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry specified the new notification regarding new pack warnings on tobacco products. Quit line is a national quit tobacco helpline number 18000112356 launched by Union Health Minister JP Nadda in 2016 on the occasion of the World No

April Student Membership Update

We know that there are many of our website visitors who might be interested in pursuing further study, are seeking funding for a research idea they have or would like to connect with other researchers and professionals. We have found three PhD opportunities that we think might be interesting and some events and networks that could be beneficial for someone at any stage of their research journey. One great way to be more active in

EU Drug Use Revealed through Wastewater Analysis

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has released the results of their largest wastewater analysis study. The EU project analysed the wastewater around 60 European cities and towns. This has allowed researchers to identify which substances are being used and where they are being used across Europe to paint a picture of patterns of drug use across the continent. The data can also allow the researchers to estimate quantities being consumed

New Dataset Made Available from Study of Adolescent Brain Development

In February of 2018 the US National Institute of Health (NIH) released the first dataset from an "unprecedented study of adolescent brain development", the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. The study has, to date, involved more than 7,500 youth and their families. Approximately 30 terabytes of data will be made available to scientists globally which according to the NIH press release equates to a voluminous amount of information about three times the size of

Recommendations for NIDA's Cannabis Policy Research Agenda

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released a new report Recommendations for NIDA's Cannabis Policy Research Agenda. The document has been prepared by the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse Workgroup which was formed in 2017. The workgroup comprises members who are experts in pain management, health professionals, substance use disorder experts, and drug policy researchers. The aims of the workgroup are to support NIDA in developing and progressing scientific understanding of substance

Mentor Launches Quality Mark for Alcohol and Drugs Education

Mentor UK , an organisation focused on drug prevention and education, have launched a Quality Mark for alcohol and drugs education. The quality mark has been developed in addition to a set of developmental quality standards for schools and practitioners which aims to improve alcohol and other drugs education in England. The quality mark is supported by Public Health England (PHE) while the charity is financially backed by both PHE and the Home Office which

Using Technology-Based Therapeutic Tools in Behavioural Health Services

For anyone interested in digital health behaviour interventions this manual from SAMHSA will prove interesting. Exploring how technology-assisted care can be implemented, the value of technology based assessments and the ways in which the use of technology can remove barriers people may face when accessing or seeking treatment. This manual, Using Technology-Based Therapeutic Tools in Behavioural Health Services , is aimed at prevention professionals, those involved in planning programmes and project managers. It forms part

FREE Opioid Training Course from Harvard

Harvard University has launched a free online training course via edX.org . Suitable for those looking for an introduction to understanding opioids and the current "crisis" facing many nations through high rates of drug related deaths. The Opioid Crisis in America is self-paced and offered in English. This seven week course aims to challenge the stigma associated with opioid addiction, explore routes for recovery and treatment with key information about responding to opioid overdoses. With

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network 

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network is an international, multidisciplinary resource for professionals in the addictions treatment and recovery services field. The ATTC has been working since 1993 to improve the clinical practices used to treat substance use disorders (SUDs). Through national and regional technical assistance and training efforts, the Network promotes the implementation of evidence-based and promising practices in SUD treatment and recovery services. The ATTC publishes a monthly e-publication - the ATTC

1st ISSUP National Chapter Philippines Conference

"Our long time dream of gathering professionals and people interested in addiction recovery is now very real," said Eddie L. Castillo at the opening of the 1st ISSUP National Chapter Philippines Conference. The conference was held in Quezon City from November 6 – 11, 2017. The conference officially marked the presence of ISSUP National Chapter in the Philippines since its establishment in August 2014. The Vice Mayor of Quezon City, Ma. Joseffina G. Belmonte and

Medical Council on Alcohol 2017-18 Legacy Essay Competition

History & Latest information This prize started in 1985 when the Frowen family lost their son Micheal due to alcohol related health issues. Since then we have relied on the kindness of others to donate money to help fund this prize. We have subsequently also had donations from Dr Spender Madden and Mrs Myra Harries, of which we are very grateful. If any one would like to donate towards this prize please contact the MCA

Most-Read Knowledge Share Articles of 2017

We would like to share a selection of the most-read Knowledge Share articles of 2017 . These are the articles that captivated our members most. They cover a wide variety of substance abuse prevention and treatment topics and resources, from guidelines and principles to national, regional and global drug use surveys and data. Click here to check out the most-read Knowledge Share articles of 2017!

NIDA Humphrey Fellows Participate in ISSUP's Third Workshop

NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows from Virginia Commonwealth University participated in the Third Annual Meeting of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals. More than 3,000 participants attended the meeting for drug treatment and prevention professionals. ISSUP-3 was held in conjunction with the 19th International Congress on Addictions, which took place December 6–8, 2017. During the meetings, several organizations offered training courses, including the African Union, Colombo Plan, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Inter-American Drug

ISSUP National Chapters on the way

In addition to ISSUP's digital presence and annual event, ISSUP is now focused on building its third major strand. The third dimension is the establishment of ISSUP National Chapters. This will allow ISSUP’s activities and contributions to be available to meet the national needs and promote national and international sharing and support. ISSUP Kenya, Pakistan and Philippines are already in existence, but the new focus will allow their operations to be brought within a shared expression of ISSUP activity as well as establishing functioning ISSUP Nationals in new countries.

Change of Roles at ISSUP

The new financial year at ISSUP has brought a significant change in the leadership roles in the organisation. As of November 1st, 2017 Joanna Travis-Roberts is the new Acting Executive Director. Former Executive Director, Jeff Lee, will continue to support the work and development of ISSUP in a Senior Consultant role.

Seminar on Drug Addiction in Bangladesh

The Dhaka Ahsania Mission Female Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation Center, the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT), and the Lion Club of Dhaka Oasis jointly organized an anti-drug seminar for the students and teachers of the university at IUBAT campus, Dhaka in Bangladesh on 14 November 2017. Director General, Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) Md. Jamal Uddin Ahmed was the chief guest and the seminar was presided by IUBAT Register Professor Dr. M

Project: “Engaging Young People in Peacebuilding & Evidence-Based Drug Prevention Intervention & Policies"

The “Engaging Young People in Peacebuilding” Project of the Drug Free Pakistan Foundation was continuously engaged in organizing and conducting teachers' training, youth leadership training and school programs in school-based prevention intervention and policies, and peacebuilding and conflict resolution. The project was supported by I AM Karachi Youth Initiatives Pakistan. In this project DFPF organized 1 teachers' training, 10 students’ awareness programs, 1 Youth Leadership Training, 10 Peace Prevention Club in schools and 10 SMART