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Opening Ceremony of the 6th Freemind International Congress

The 6th Freemind International Congress, organized by the Freemind Mobilization and ISSUP Brazil, was held in the city of Águas de Lindóia / SP, Brazil from December 4th to 7th, 2019. The event was held at Hotel Majestic, which has one of the most complete and versatile event centers in the state of São Paulo, less than 160 kilometers from the capital. There are several lounges with different characteristics and capacities and support rooms distributed

Vaping Makes Lung Bacteria more Harmful

Despite vaping becoming more common by the year, researchers are still uncovering the short and long-term consequences of using e-cigarettes. The most recent research from the University of Belfast has concluded that bacteria commonly found in the lungs becomes more harmful and causes more inflammation when they have been exposed to e-cigarette vapour. Lung diseases, such as COPD and asthma, are attributed to a combination of infection and inflammation. The study, that examined particular bacteria

3rd Young Leadership Program 2019

The Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF) is a substance Use prevention organization committed to develop, and promote strategies, policies, healthy life styles, enhancing positive attitudes, improving life skills and empowering individuals to reduce illegal drug use, drug addiction, crime and drug-related injuries. The Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF) is proud to be associated as Learning Partner for the EBBS - Education Builds The Bases Of Society 3rd Young Leadership Program 2019 Apply now: bit.do/ RegYLP19

Global Drug Survey 2020

GDS 2020 — GDS believes that the expertise and experience of people who use alcohol and other drugs can be used to inform the creation of better drug policy, whilst helping people us­e drugs more safely, regardless of the legal status of the drug. This year, the Global Drug Survey focuses on some of the major public health and scientific issues that have been making waves over the last 12 months. Issues covered in the

UNODC and WHO Organize International Training on Substance Use Treatment and Care during Pregnancy

Kyiv (Ukraine), 18 December 2019 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the framework of the UNODC-WHO Programme on Drug Dependence Treatment and Care, organized an International training on Identification and Management of Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy. More than 30 health practitioners, including obstetricians, gynecologists, neonatal care specialists, nurses, as well as specialists in substance use disorders treatment from Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus

Teen E-Cigarette Use Doubles Since 2017

Data from the 2019 Monitoring the Future Survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders show alarmingly high rates of e-cigarette use compared to just a year ago, with rates doubling in the past two years. The Monitoring the Future Survey analyses the drug and alcohol use and related attitudes among adolescent students in the US. The increase in e-cigarette use amongst young people is raising a concern about the potential lasting damage vaping can do

UNODC Training on the Nature, Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders for Intersectoral Group of Panama Policymakers

Thirty-four (34) high-level decision makers from CONAPRED, the Ministries of Health, Education and Social Development, NGOs and other entities are participating in a three-day workshop on creating humane, effective and evidence-based drug use prevention and drug dependence treatment and care services, being held from 10 to 12 December 2019 in Panama City, Panama. The event was inaugurated by Abraham Herrera, Executive Secretary of CONAPRED and Melissa Flynn, Director of Operations of UNODC ROPAN and was

NAADAC Free Webinar Series

NAADAC is happy to offer free addiction-specific education through its Free Webinar Series. The 2019 Free Webinar Series releases two live webinars per month, which are then captured and made available for future viewing in NAADAC's Free On-Demand Webinar Library. Full list of webinars can be found here. NAADAC members can get free continuing education hours (CEs) for this webinar series. While viewing the education is free, non-members must pay to receive CEs.

ASAP-Training Newsletter

The aim of the ASAP training project is to build effective drug prevention results across Europe, based on prevention systems analysis and widespread professional training. The ASAP training project will work to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the different EU countries prevention systems and the implementation of training interventions to spread the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards. ASAP training programme have lunched their first newsletter! Find out more about the activity of the ASAP

Seizures of Illegal Diazepam Tablets Double in a Year

Diazepam, first marketed as Valium, is a medicine of the benzodiazepine family. It is often used to treat anxiety, spasms, seizures and occasionally withdrawal. Diazepam typically slows down the functioning of the body and produce a calming effect. Because of the effect Diazepam has on the body, the medication can be highly addictive and in recent years there has been an increase in the seizures of illegal diazepam tablets. A recent review of the situation

Substance Use Prevention Session Organized by Hashoo Foundation Karachi, Pakistan

A Substance Use Prevention session was organized by Hashoo Foundation Karachi, Pakistan on 3rd December, 2019 for students from Balochistan that are currently enrolled in different Hospitality Management courses. Mr. Ahmad Shah conducted the session and briefed participants about the Types, Causes, Effects and evidence-based substance use prevention for individuals, family, society, environment and the community.

As part of the COPOLAD meeting in Panama, multilateral agencies exchange experiences of cooperation and support for drug policies in the countries of

Representatives of PAHO-WHO, CICAD, European Observatory, UNDOC and CARICOM discuss strategies to strengthen the quality of treatments and prevention programmes in countries. How to complement and not overlap; and how to achieve effective implementation of evidence-based policies for the benefit of citizens.

Youth-Led Policy Forum 2019 Karachi, Pakistan

Youth-Led Policy Forum 2019 is an initiative with UNICEF Pakistan in collaboration with School of Leadership Foundation. The forum will serve as a key platform where young people can contribute to policy discussions through their collective ideas, solutions and innovations. For the first gathering of this kind, young people, youth-led organisations, non-governmental organisations, government and UN entities will come together to agree on a common vision and roadmap to partner with young people to explore

Why Seychelles Has the World's Worst Heroin Problem

Known for its coral reefs, mangroves and white sandy beaches, 360,000 tourists travel to the Indian Ocean archipelago each year for a holiday of a lifetime. But look beyond the private islands, the boutique resorts and high-end restaurants, and the small nation is battling a heroin epidemic of huge proportions. Between 5,000 and 6,000 people out of a total population of 94,000 - the equivalent of nearly 10% of the working population - are addicted

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

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. We are looking for persons working in the drug prevention field that would be willing to collaborate by answering a brief online survey (around 20 or 30 items) about their knowledge in this area. If you’re interested in participating, please sign up here: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/DAPstudy and we'll get back to you in

UNODC-WHO Training in Argentina on the Management of Substance Use & Substance Use Disorders during Pregnancy

A total of 35 participants took part in this training that was organized by WHO and UNODC together with PAHO, SEDRONAR, Hospital der Mar, and the generous support from the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) on 11-13 November 2019, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This training aimed at providing technical guidance for health care providers managing women from conception to birth and during the postnatal period, and their infants

Training of Professionals on Preventing Substance Abuse in Schools and the Community

First Milestone Achieved: Successfully completed Training of Professionals on Preventing Substance Abuse in Schools and Community @ at PASK Hall 16 - 17 November, 2019 Karachi, Pakistan In the first phase of the project 32 young professionals were trained in schools and the community. These 32 trained young professionals will assist and execute more prevention programs in schools and the community to educate young students in substance use prevention. A project supported by UNDP Pakistan

Parent Marijuana Use Associated With Substance Use in Children

New research explores some of the long-term impacts of marijuana use in families. The study revealed that the children of parents who reported marijuana use during their teenage years were significantly more likely to report substance use than the children of those who did not. The results also indicated that children whose parents reported a history of marijuana use later on in adulthood had children slightly more likely to have lower grades and attentional difficulties

Women and Children are the Emerging Face of Drug Addiction in Afghanistan

Q breaks into song, and the lyrics reflect something of himself: "My heart aches, my heart aches and my heart aches," he croons. The 10-year-old hopes to go professional one day, but his mother says that first, he has to break his addiction to heroin. Q began smoking his father's heroin in the summer, unnoticed by his parents, both addicts whose lives revolved around getting high and staying high. "I felt really happy. I felt

Managaluru Police Cracks Whips against Substance Use

With the police department’s repeated pleas to educational institutes to crack the whip against rampant substance abuse in their campuses and hostels falling on deaf years, the police have warned they will raid the institutions armed with search warrants. The diktat comes after the police learnt that campuses and hostels have become havens for drug peddling and consumption.

Substance Abuse in Northeast India: Nearly 20 % more than other States

The rot in Northeast India’s substance abuse problem runs deep. A recent study shows that the prevalence of any type of substance abuse - smoking, smokeless tobacco products, alcohol - in men in Northeastern states is much higher (20 percent more) than the rest of India. But education and participation in activities such as sports and music can go a long way in curbing substance abuse in the region, according to study authors Nandita Saikia

Bhopal: Even 5-Year-Olds Are Falling Prey to Substance Abuse

Drug addiction or substance abuse is on a high in the city, but what rings alarm bells is the fact that the age bracket for substance abuse has fallen to as low as five years. Recently, a joint team of Childline and police found seven children were found lying unconscious near a public toilet in New Market TT Nagar. They were all in age group of 5-14 years! Police found liquid adhesive, a solution which

Dependência Química: Quais são os tipos de tratamento

Muitas pessoas não sabem que dependência química é uma doença crônica que possui tratamento. Ela se caracteriza pelo abuso de álcool, maconha, cocaína, crack ou outras substâncias entorpecentes, lícitas ou ilícitas. Esse tipo de doença afeta todos os aspectos da vida de um indivíduo e pode ser causado por múltiplos fatores genéticos, ambientais, sociais, familiares e individuais. A facilidade de acesso às drogas aumenta a incidência desse transtorno no mundo, tornando o tratamento e prevenção

Jersey and Guernsey Sign up to WHO's Tobacco Control

A public health treaty set up to cut tobacco-related diseases and deaths has been extended to Jersey and Guernsey by the UK. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the distinguished global tobacco control instrument that sets the foundation for reducing both demand for and supply of tobacco products and providing a clear guidance for tobacco control policy at all levels. In order to sign up as a member, countries have to

Lift Up! “Prevention of Violence against Women Living with People with Substance Use Disorder

Lift Up! “Prevention of Violence against Women Living with People with Substance Use Disorder” Special thanks to the Institute of Clinical Psychology UoK, Pakistan US Alumni Network, Initiator Hdf SNYC, DFPF, Wajid Ali Rizwan Jaffar, Dr Uzma Ali, Dr. Shafaq Ali, Dr. Salman Baig, Muhammad Sohail Malik, Dr Madeeha, Ahmad Shah, Mrs Wajid Ali, DSP Khalid Ansari, Paras Ali, Naveed Iqbal and every individual who contributed for a greater cause. #LiftUp #PUAN #DFPF #ICP #SNYC