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Sideal Spanish Language App for Alcohol Use

Sideal is a self-help app available in Spanish for people experiencing alcohol dependance. The app offers advice on reducing consumption and abstinence. The app can be used to set and track goals that someone has set for themselves or one which has been developed with a clinician. If someone chooses to register through the app and begin to track their progress with the help of a professional then data can be synchronised and made available

Pennsylvania Hospital Becomes OUD Treatment Model after Working with PCSS during Pilot Program

Hanover Hospital and its affiliated healthcare clinics has become a model for how a healthcare system that is fully engaged in embracing evidence-based treatment of opioid use disorders can make significant change. A little more than a year ago, PCSS reached out to Hanover Hospital to participate in a five-state pilot program to create a medication assisted treatment (MAT) program. Since then, PCSS has worked closely with clinicians, administrators, and support staff to increase understanding

Treat Addiction Like Cancer

Likewise cancer, addiction is a complex disease that requires being addressed by an integral, balanced and multidisciplinary approach. Currently, within the healthcare systems, there are available treatment options for cancer that are evidence-based while for addiction have essentially developed outside the public sector, into a loosely organized care network composed mainly of non-integrated facilities or units that are run by private individuals or community-type organizations.

Webinar: Treatment and Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder: Overview

A webinar on opioid use disorder by Dr. Dennis McCarty is now available through the Addiction Technology Transfer Centre (ATTC) website . The hour long webinar took place in April 2018 and discusses treatment and prevention. The webinar format allowed viewers to download Dr McCarty's slides, make comments and then take part in a Q&A at the end of the session. Great Lakes ATTC, Northwest ATTC, and Pacific Southwest ATTC joined a team of NIDA's

Drug Addiction: Is Brain Stimulation the Answer?

Transcranial magnetic brain stimulation has allowed researchers to reduce how "excited" the brains of chronic cocaine and alcohol users become in response to drug cues. Drug addiction is a chronic disease affecting 5.4 percent of the population worldwide. In 2016, more than 64,000 people in the United States are thought to have died from a drug overdose. According to most recent estimates, about 21.5 million U.S. individuals aged 12 and above live with a substance

May Student Membership Update

In our second Student Membership Update we have sourced some funding and research opportunities, and events that we are sure will be of interest. One great way to be more active in this field is to join ISSUP as a member and to contribute to our Knowledge Share and Forum . PhD Opportunities Alcohol Policy and Science The University of York is offering a PhD Studentship in the Department of Health Sciences, The Transformative Research

National Prevention Week 2018

National Prevention week led by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) will take place from 13-19th May 2018. Each day focus will fall on a different topic - starting off with the theme of "Promotion of Mental Health and Wellness" on Monday. Themes for the rest of the week are: Prevention of Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse on Tuesday; Prevention of Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse on Wednesday; Prevention of Illicit Drug Use

Spotlight on ISSUP Senior Website Developer Jack Tonkin

We would like to let you know a bit more about the team working hard to help shape and grow ISSUP with a series of spotlight articles. We are kicking off this year's series by shining a light on our Senior Website Developer, Jack Tonkin. Tell us a bit about you Jack... How did you first get involved with ISSUP? “I worked with Joanna who is now our Executive Director and other members of the

Scotland Becomes the First Country to Enforce Minimum Pricing on Alcohol

Scotland has become the first country in the world to enforce a minimum price per unit of alcohol. As of 1 May 2018 all alcohol must cost no less than 0.5GPD or 50 pence. The move is the result of a long process of research and conversations with the Scottish Parliament passing legislation in 2012, the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012, which allows the Scottish Ministers to introduce a system of Minimum Unit Pricing

Effectiveness Bank Analysis: French Committee Says Risks of Baclofen Outweigh Benefits in Alcohol Treatment

*Updated* Our commentary on the first trial to rigorously test high-dose baclofen to treat dependent drinking has been updated with the release on 24 April 2018 of an opinion on the balance between safety and benefits from a scientific committee set up by France’s medicines regulator to help decide on an application to market the drug.

Google Unveils Vetting Process for Drug Rehab Ads: Reuters

APRIL 16, 2018 / 12:03 PM SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google told Reuters Monday it would resume accepting ads from U.S. addiction treatment centers in July, nearly a year after the Alphabet Inc unit suspended the lucrative category of advertisers for numerous deceptive and misleading ads. Treatment centers now will be able to run ads after being vetted by Portland, Ore. firm LegitScript, Google said. Interest in treatment for abuse of opioids and other prescription

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