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Congratulations to New ICAP-Credentialed Professionals

We are proud to announce the results of recent ICAP exams: 17 people from Tunisia and 20 people from Cameroon recently passed the ICAP I exam. 5 people from Abu Dhabi passed the ICAP II exam and 4 of this year's Humphrey Fellows passed the ICAP I exam. Congratulations to all of these professionals with new credentials and those that have moved to the next level of professionalism. Your work in the field of addiction

UNODC Nigeria launches DrugHelpNet: A Network of Nigerian Health Professionals to Provide over-the-phone Assistance to Drug Users in Need

Based on the 2019 Drug Use Survey in Nigeria, UNODC estimates that there are more than three million Nigerians living with some of a drug use disorder. Government imposed lockdowns, implemented across most Nigerian States, weigh particularly heavy on people with drug use disorders. While access to drugs has become more difficult, the same challenges apply to accessing treatment and counselling services. The self-imposed isolation can indeed be burdensome for those suffering from drug use

New Webinar Series: Mental Health & COVID-19

The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, and United for Global Mental Health are launching a series of weekly webinars designed to provide policymakers and the wider health community with the latest evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and how to address it. The webinars will provide practical solutions to the challenging issues we are all grappling with. Participants will be encouraged to join from around the world, including those with lived

Coronavirus - Therapeutic Community Guidelines Booklet

By Decree No. 10,282 of March 2, 2020, in articles I and II of Art. 3, the activities and services performed by the Therapeutic Communities are considered essential and, therefore, it is important to guide coronavirus prevention and clarify how chemical dependents should be welcomed in these institutions. Thinking about it, the National Secretariat for Drug Care and Prevention - SENAPRED, in partnership with the Ministry of Citizenship, published a guidebook directed to the work

Alcohol Sales Banned in Greenland

For many young people, home is not a place of safety. As countries introduce lockdown measures, it is important that the wellbeing of young people is protected. In a move to reduce potential violence against children during coronavirus confinement, the sale of alcohol has been banned in the capital of Greenland, Nuuk. The alcohol ban came into force on Saturday and is scheduled to last until 15 April.

National Doctors' Day

On March 30th each year, National Doctors Day honours the professionals for their dedication and contributions to society and the community. Now more than ever, it is vital that we put our hands together to show appreciation to the tireless work of physicians working on the front line to save peoples lives. To all those working long hours on the front line, we thank you!

Main Afzal Trust Hospital (MATH) Reopens Treatment Services for Women and Children/Adolescents in New Block

Main Afzal Trust Hospital (MATH), Gujranwala, Pakistan reopens treatment & rehabilitation services for women and children/adolescents in a new twenty bed block. This project was previously supported by Colombo Plan and INL. This project was stop services for a few months, but now treatment services reopen with the support of local donors/trustees. Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Director MATH, requested all drug demand reduction professionals for referral of clients for treatment. He also said that this

Telehealth Learning Series

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the Center for Excellence on Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI), the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada - Reno (UNR) are facilitating these FREE, national online discussion and resource sharing opportunity for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers and peer support specialists faced with transitioning their services to the use of telephone and

COVID-19 and Drinking Behaviour

With most countries adopting measures to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are notable changes to drinking behaviours. Health professionals are calling on people to avoid using alcohol as a coping strategy in these stressful times. However, empty shelves in supermarkets indicate people may not be following advice. In a recent article published by Society for the Study of Addiction, James Morris explores the changes in drinking behaviour in the UK, and the

#STAYHOME: BRITISH COUNCIL FREE ONLINE COURSES 2020 WITH CERTIFICATES

British Council is Now accepting applications for the British Council Free Online Courses. The British Council is the UK’s international organization for Cultural Relations and Educational Opportunities. You will Study Free Online Courses from Top UK Universities. The British Council Online Courses is Completely Free of Cost & Free Certificates available in all Academic Fields & Majors. There is No Fee Required for the Short Online Courses CHECK AT: https://opportunitiescorners.info/british-council-free-online-courses-2020/

Elsevier Novel Coronavirus Information Center

Elsevier's Novel Coronavirus Information Center is now offering free access to expert, curated information for the research and health community on SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus) and COVID-19 (the disease). All resources are free to access and include guidelines for clinicians and patients plus the latest early-stage and peer-reviewed research on COVID-19 from journals including The Lancet and Cell Press. They have also made nearly 20,000 related articles free to access on ScienceDirect. These articles are

Sujatha Daruwo Project Sri Lanka

Introducing a project run since 2016 by the Preventive Education and Training Unit of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board of Sri Lanka. This project is called "Sujatha Daruwo" or "legitimize children" in English. Project delivery used Universal Prevention and Treatment curriculum (UPC/UTC) teachings and children developed their knowledge, competencies and skills as preventive educators and peer mentors within their communities and wider society. The project was funded by the Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority and

Awareness Seminar for Govt. Faqir Muhammad Collage, Gujranwala Organised by Mian Afzal Trust Hospital Gujranwala Pakistan

An awareness seminar, organised for students of Social Work Department, Government Faqir Muhammad Faqir (FMF) College, Gujranwala by Mian Afzal Trust Hospital (MATH), took place in the MATH Conference Hall. A large number students and faculty Members of FMF College participated in the event. Ms Shahid Zaheer, Psychologist MATH briefed about treatment and rehabilitation services of MATH. Later on Mr. Muhammad Javed said that there is opportunity for the students to select rehabilitation field as

Open-Access JSTOR Materials

Following advice to avoid public institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of libraries have been closed to members of the public. In response, the online academic resource JSTOR has clarified that much of its database is accessible to the public, amid the widespread closure of universities across the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement on its website, JSTOR said that it has “an expanded set of content that is available to

Job vacancy open until 07 April 2020! UNODC looking to hire an International Consultant

The Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is looking to hire an international consultant where under the supervision of the Programme Officer (UNODC/PTRS) the consultant is requested to produce a systematic literature review, followed by a narrative report, that identifies evidence-based approaches for the treatment of drug use disorders and other mental health disorders in prison settings with a specific focus on low-and middle-income countries. Specifically, the

Main Afzal Trust Hospital (MATH) Reopens Treatment Services for Women and Children/Adolescents in New Block

Main Afzal Trust Hospital (MATH), Gujranwala, Pakistan reopens treatment & rehabilitation services for women and children/adolescents in a new twenty bed block. This project was previously supported by Colombo Plan and INL. This project was stop services for a few months, but now treatment services reopen with the support of local donors/trustees. Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Director MATH, requested all drug demand reduction professionals for referral of clients for treatment. He also said that this

4 Online/Distance Learning Substance Use Prevention Strategies for the Coronavirus Outbreak

Here are four online and distance-learning strategies for providing evidence-based and evidence-informed Prevention Plus Wellness programs during the COVID-19 outbreak. They include: 1) Recorded video programs, 2) Live streamed programs, 3) Correspondence booklets, and 4) Online training and support for providing PPW programs via online and distance learning. Each online/distance learning prevention program strategy is described briefly below. Recorded Video Programs Like face-to-face Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs, each PPW video provides youth with a

Coronavirus and smoking

Dr. Joo Paulo Lotufo, paediatrician, member of the Smoking Commission of the Brazilian Medical Association, director of ISSUP Brazil and partner of Freemind, this video provides facts and advice on the relationship between coronavirus and smoking. A study published in late February 2020 by the Chinese Medical Journal evaluated 78 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, of whom 14.1% evolved with worsening of their condition and 85.9% stabilized or improved. With this follow-up, they achieved the following

The Pandemic Project Covid Survey

The Pandemic Project is a social psychology initiative that is studying how our everyday lives are affected by the coronavirus outbreak. For many of us, our worlds, our work, and our social relationships are changing. The research team brings together scientists from around the world to better understand how the pandemic is affecting our daily lives, mental health, and connections with others. This project is being conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at

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