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The First Walk-Through Training on UTC 1 to 4 Held in Albania

Dear ISSUP members, My name is Andia Meksi and I would like to share with you some information regarding UTC training held in Tirana, Albania. The Colombo Plan- Drug Advisory Program and the University of California, San Diego in collaboration with the Albanian Faculty of Medicine and UNODC and conducted a five-day Walkthrough on “Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders: Course 1 to 4” for Albanian and Kosovo health professionals and university lecturers from

ISAM Webinar Series on COVID-19 and SUD: A Global Perspective on Challenges and Solutions

The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) believes that the impact of this pandemic on people struggling with Substance Use Disorders could not be overlooked. Thus they have decided to take this opportunity to hold a series of webinars with partners from different parts of the world, discussing challenges and solutions regarding the current pandemic from the addiction medicine perspective. The objective of these webinars is to support colleagues in the field of addiction medicine

COVID-19 Guidance for Opioid Treatment Programs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed new guidelines for professionals and organisations delivering substance use treatment in the US. The guidelines cover. Guidance on pharmacotherapy for opioid use disorder (OUD) availability in circumstances in which patients may be exposed to highly contagious infectious agents (such as COVID-19) Opioid Treatment Programme Guidance for Patients Quarantined at Home with the Coronavirus

UTC University Training in Ukraine

The Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) University training took place in Ukraine from the 10th to the 14th of March, 2020. The aim of the training was to ensure that the multidisciplinary teams tackling substance use and addiction problems in Ukraine have been trained to a high standard in evidence-based practice. The training was designed to help professionals who work in universities become proficient in teaching students so that quality education can be delivered to the

CfA: Civil Society Participation in INCB Thematic Hearing on "The Use of Drugs Among Older Persons"

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) will host the third civil society hearing for the INCB board members on the margins of this years INCB board meeting. The hearing will be on the topic of "The Use of Drugs Among Older Persons" and is planned for May 13, 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Vienna, Austria. Due to the rapidly changing situation in regards to COVID-19 the hearing might be held in another format

The Free Peer Recovery Support Webinar Series Starts on Friday, March 27

Peer recovery support services are increasingly becoming an important part of the behavioral healthcare workforce. They not only help people with behavioral health conditions connect to, engage in, and be active participants in treatment and recovery support services but they can also change the culture of an organization in a positive way. With the goal of supporting the increase of Peer Recovery Support Specialists in the workforce, NAADAC presents their new FREE Peer Recovery Support

Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Director ISSUP Pakistan as Guest Speaker in Awareness Session Organised by Young Blood Daska

Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Director ISSUP Pakistan, was invited as Guest Speaker in Awareness Seminar organised by Young Blood Daska Pakistan in Punjab College Daska, Sialkot. Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore addressed students and shed light on harms of drugs. He also talk about life skills and how we say no to drugs. He also introduced ISSUP in the Seminar and asked the students to join the ISSUP. Station Officer, Anti narcotics Force, Sialkot, Dr Ranjha

Increased Alcohol Advertisement Regulation in Kenya

One of the key recommendations to reduce alcohol related harm is for countries to introduce policies that regulate how companies advertise their alcohol products. This measure, along with adjustments in alcohol taxation, is a measure that the Kenyan government has introduced to tackle the large scale harm that is caused by drinking. This Bill aims to: ensure advertisers using outdoor advertisement respect the environment and the structures upon which the advertisements are displayed, and bring

Provide Feedback on What You Need to Implement Substance Use Prevention During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Take this 1-minute survey to give your opinions on what you need to best provide evidence-based substance use prevention such as the single-session SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program during the coronavirus or other epidemic. Take the survey now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BBZDGSP Thank you!

Alcohol-free Childhood: Investigation by the Children’s Parliament

Alcohol has a constant presence in everyday lives. It is important that all practitioners, professionals, and policymakers are aware of this presence and the impact it has on different members of society. One way to gather this information is through simply asking people where they are exposed to alcohol and what it means to them. One group of people, whose voice often goes unheard, but whose lives are undoubtedly affected by alcohol, are children. In

Ahsania Mission Female Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center Observes International Women’s Day 2020

Reflecting the theme - “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights”, Ahsania Mission Female Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center organized a human chain formation followed by a discussion meeting in collaboration with Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) project UPHCSDP-II DNCC PA-3. The events took place on 08 March 2020. Staff members of UPHCSDP along with center officials formed the human chain in front of the office in Mirpur, Dhaka; which was then transformed into a rally

Celebration of 30 Years of Drug Prevention & Treatment Activities of Dhaka Ahsania Mission

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said that the society will lose proactive capable manpower if we cannot eradicate drug related problems from our country. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strictly directed to make the dope tests mandatory for government services to motivate the youth to remain drug-free. Mr Asaduzzaman Khan expressed his hope that once we are able to remove drug-related hazards from our society, our beloved motherland will become a peaceful and progressive country. He

The Eighth Recovery Get-Together at Ahsania Mission Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center

Ahsania Mission Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, Gazipur, Bangladesh organized the 8th Recovery Get-Together on 28 February 2020 at its premises, to celebrate the healthy drug-free lives of 170 recovered Substance Use Disorder patients. The center was established in 2004 in Gazipur by Dhaka Ahsania Mission flagship Addiction Management and Integrated Care (AMIC). Situated in its own five-bigha enclosed land, the center can accommodate 100 patients at a time. More than 2200 patients have received

ASAP Training Project

For a number of years, different measures have been taken in Europe to improve the quality of drug prevention through developing and implementing quality standards, training sessions and analysis of drug prevention systems. Based on the previous experience of projects like European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) or UPC-Adapt, some European countries (Italy, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia and Hungary) and organisations (UNODC, EMCDDA, EUSPR) joined together in the project “Building effective

EUSPR 2020 Call for Abstracts

EUSPR 2020 is being held in Lisbon, Portugal (at EMCDDA) on 8th and 9th October 2020, with workshops and project meetings scheduled for the pre-conference day, October 7th. The theme this year is ‘Make prevention science relevant for all: co-production and impact’ and our keynotes and special sessions will focus on reducing the gap between science and practice in prevention, understanding co-production and the role of policymakers, practitioners, communities and researchers to develop efficacious, sustainable

Alcohol/Drug/Mental Health Information Professionals Conference, April, Washington DC

Join Us! April 21-24, 2020 SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists) and AMHL (the Association of Mental Health Librarians) invite you to spend 3 wonderful days in the nation’s capital meeting with & learning from expert ATOD (alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs) and mental health information professionals. Our theme for this year, Capital Ideas: Revolutionary Solutions for Unconventional Times, reflects the changes in the library and information fields, including the need to continue integrating

OBID entrevista o Especialista Matej Košir

1. O que funciona na prevenção do abuso de substâncias? Todos nós (esperamos) concordar que as autoridades e outras instituições responsáveis devem investir seus recursos em práticas eficazes de prevenção baseadas em evidências, baseadas em teorias científicas e avaliação de necessidades, que correspondam à idade e ao nível de risco dos grupos-alvo e sejam culturalmente adaptados e avaliados, especialmente em relação aos resultados e impacto nas populações-alvo. Todas as intervenções de prevenção devem ser implementadas

Implemented a Twelve Weeks "Staff Wellness Program" at Aas Trust

The objective of this 12 weeks Wellness Program is to equip addiction professionals working with people (i.e., children, women, and adults) with substance use disorder. We know that they are at the front and are directly involved in delivering services for patients and their families. However, we have noticed that these professionals need professional development programs so that they can equip themselves with the relevant skills to deal with diverse groups of clients. They have

Chairperson Standing Committee Excise, Taxation & Narcotics Control visited Drug Advisory Training Hub (DATH)

Mrs. Saadia Sohail Rana Chairperson, Standing Committee Excise, Taxation & Narcotics Control, Spokesperson Govt. of Punjab visited Drug Advisory Training (DATH). Syed Zulfiqar Hussain Consultant, Anti Drugs/Narcotics Campaign briefed about Health Profile of Students, Awareness Programs on Drug Use Prevention, Smoke and Drug Free Campuses etc. Mrs. Saadia Sohail Rana Chairperson, appreciated work done by DATH & YOCFAN. Syed Mohsin Incharge School Program, Ms. Saima Shahzad Psychologist, Mr. Adeel Rashid Member LCCI Committee on Anti

Let's Start Dialogue on Drug Use Prevention - 2020

Let’s Start Dialogue on Drug Use Prevention 2020 Special Session on Drug Use Prevention & Importance of Health Profile of Students held today at Crescent Model Higher Secondary School Shadman Lahore. Syed Zulfiqar Hussain Consultant, Anti Drugs/Narcotics Campaign delivered comprehensive lecture. Mrs. Haleema also spoke in the session. Col. Muhammad Ali Vice Principal presided over. Ghayor Abbas Zaidi, M. Kazmi, Mrs. Naeema, Syed Mohsin Incharge School Program & Ms. Saima Shahzad Psychologist were also present

The role of genatics in the prevention of

The role of genetics in prevention Substance use disorders can occur in families. Research suggests that genetics represents about 1-2 of a person's likelihood of developing a substance use disorder. Genes are the functional units of our DNA that drive the development and functioning of every cell in our body. Some diseases, such as sickle cell anemia or cystic fibrosis, are caused by a "mutation" in a single gene. But many diseases, such as cancer

Álcool: o ponto cego da saúde global

Publicado originalmente em acesso aberto em The Lancet Global Health (8:3, PE329-E330, 2020). Tradução de texto de Robert Marten, Gianna Gayle Herrera Amul, Sally Casswell. Disponível também em: http://bit.ly/3apiouO As doenças não transmissíveis representam mais de 72% das mortes globais anuais e agora estão recebendo, com razão, maior atenção na agenda global de saúde. No entanto, um dos principais fatores de risco para doenças não transmissíveis continua sendo negligenciado: o álcool. Embora a indústria do

SPR Early Career Prevention Scientists Training Programme Call for Applications

Programme Description: The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) is launching a new 2-year programme to support early-career prevention scientists with a focus on increasing underrepresented populations in prevention science research. Through this programme, early-career investigators will receive advanced training on establishing a prevention science research agenda through a summer institute, webinars, and monthly mentor (virtual) meetings. Scholars will be matched with an SPR mentor(s) who will guide, train, and inspire the early career investigator. In

18 National Trainers from Central Asia Trained on Advance UTC Courses 14 and 17 in Uzbekistan

24-29 February 2020 - A team of national trainers from Central Asia attended the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Regional Training of Trainers held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The training was organized by the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia within the framework of UNODC global project – “Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet II”. 18 national trainers (ICAP 1 holders) from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were trained on the two following UTC courses: Course

Study about Knowledge and Critical Skills to Implement Evidence-Based Drug Prevention Strategies

Our partner Colombo Plan is conducting a study about knowledge and critical skills to implement evidence-based drug prevention strategies in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Colombo Plan is looking for individuals working in the drug prevention field that would be willing to answer a brief online survey about their knowledge of evidence-based prevention strategies. If you’re interested in participating, please sign up here: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/DAPstudy

The Balearic Islands Introduce Laws to Reduce Binge-Drinking Holidays

The Balearic Islands- including Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera- are highly popular tourist destinations, which is renowned for its nightlife. Unfortunately, along with the partying, there has seen a rise in anti-social behaviour linked with heavy and harmful binge drinking. To try and tackle the issue, Spain's Balearic islands have passed a bill to deter certain behaviours and practices associated with heavy alcohol consumption. Under the new regulations, alcohol is prohibited from being sold in

The Archbishop of the church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali has expressed at the increasing use of narcotic drugs among students in secondary schools and higher institutions of learning

The Archbishop of the church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali has expressed at the increasing use of narcotic drugs among students in secondary schools and higher institutions of learning. Launching the campaign against drugs in secondary schools at Mengo Secondary School, Ntagali observed that many youths have been destroyed by the drugs, robbing the country of their potential. He has called on teachers and heads of learning institutions to play a critical role in combating the