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Lawsuit Suggests Drug Abuse, not Pricey Housing a Reason for Increasing Homelessness in Seattle

Researchers estimate that over 50% of people with opioid addictions in Seattle are homeless and Seattle’s Navigation Team – composed of outreach workers and police officers specially trained to interface with the homeless population – estimates that 80% of the homeless individuals they encounter in challenging encampments have substance abuse disorders. Source: Komo News

A ‘Sesame Street’ Character’s Mom Has an Addiction: Experts Say that’s a Valuable Lesson

The popular US children’s show “Sesame Street” has revealed that a character’s mother is battling addiction, acquainting kids with the opioid crisis that has devastated swaths of the country. A fuzzy green Muppet introduced in May is in foster care because her mother is in recovery, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the show, revealed this week in a series of videos. The materials are part of an initiative called Sesame Street in Communities that offers

Drug Demands Revive Opium Cultivation

Opium cultivators, who were de-licensed or banned between crop year 1999 and 2017, can once again undertake opium poppy farming, subject to clearance from the Narcotics Commissioners. According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report, India alone accounted for six per cent of the world’s cannabis herb (ganja) seizures in 2016 (nearly 300 tonnes), and reported seizing even higher quantities in 2017 (353 tonnes) - a 20 per cent increase compared

How Punjab Will Lose a Generation to Drugs

Drug abuse in India is a silent public health problem with “iceberg phenomenon” like implications: Dr. Edmond Fernandes The drug addicts turning into dealers, number of on-going tip-offs where political patronage is provided and the soft power of law and order involvement, continues to make chitta a flourishing business hub in Punjab which is trickling down into the young Indian spine across the nation. Survey estimates suggest over 2 lakh opioid users in Punjab, but

Punjab Gets its First Mobile Detox Centre in Amritsar

An Amritsar-based private hospital has opened Punjab's first mobile de-addiction centre for ditigal detox of adults besides the school children and even small kids. The hospital was in the news after it opened a drug de-addiction centre for women two years ago. "Parents handover their mobile phones to small children so that they let them work. This becomes an addiction later which results in bad and irritating behaviour. There is no medicine to get rid

Training Workshop of UTC 4 and 7 for Addiction Professionals in Pakistan by MATH & ISSUP Pakistan

Mian Afzal Trust Hospital (MATH), Gujranwala Pakistan (Approved Education Provider of Colombo Plan GCCE) in collaboration with ISSUP Pakistan Chapter is going to organize a training workshop of Universal Treatment Curriculum 4 and 7 in MATH conference hall, Gujranwala from 24th October, 2019 to 27th October, 2019 for addiction professionals of Pakistan. This training workshop is supported by Mr. Bashir Ahmad Naz, President ISSUP Pakistan Chapter and Mian Afzal Trust Hospital, Gujranwala Pakistan. Mr. Muhammad

Efeitos do consumo de drogas parental no desenvolvimento/saúde mental da criança

Brasil, 22 de outubro de 2019 Os efeitos do consumo de drogas pelos pais, no desenvolvimento das crianças, dependem muito da intensidade e do tempo de consumo. Porém, sempre são prejudiciais, tanto as legais, quanto as ilegais. No que diz respeito às drogas legais, seu consumo deve ser suspenso, inclusive, se possível, antes da gravidez. A xantina, café, mate, etc, consumidas em qualquer quantidade, acarretariam menor peso ao bebê e maiores riscos de parto prematuro

Pre Conference Workshop on "Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment"

A pre conference training workshop on "Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment" was conducted at the Department of Psychology, RIPHAH International University, Lahore. Training goals of the workshop were: To increase knowledge of substance abuse problems, screening and assessment concepts and techniques, to develop skills to use screening tools, and to develop skills to deliver brief interventions.

Algorithm May Expose Thousands of Under-18s to Harmful Targeted Adverts

A recent study, conducted by the Guardian and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, has revealed that Facebook has marked hundreds of thousands of children as “interested in” adverts about gambling and alcohol. Facebook gains information from monitoring viewing activity and then advertisers distribute target messages to the groups of people who have been flagged as interested in the topic. However, Facebook denies allowing advertisers from alcohol companies to market products to young people. In a statement

Women Using Heroin in Kenya: Why It’s Important to Intervene Early in Life

Recreational drug use in Kenya is common among men, women, and youth from both rural and urban environments. Heroin is the primary drug taken by injection in Kenya and it is linked with increased rates of HIV transmission. Recent research has shown that women who inject drugs in Kenya are more likely than men to contract HIV. In order to understand the trends amongst heroin use amongst women in Kenya, a team of researchers have

Alcohol Policy in Uganda

Harmful alcohol consumption remains a critical public health concern in Uganda. Despite efforts by the government to introduce policies that will improve the situation, alcohol companies are finding new ways to advertise and sell their products. Most recently, this has been in the form of low-cost alcohol sachets. In a blog post written for IOGT, the Executive Director of Hope and Beyond David Kalema discusses the current situation of alcohol consumption in Uganda. The report

Fumar maconha na gravidez oferece risco à memória do bebê, diz estudo

Uma pesquisa realizada pela Faculdade Auburn University, dos Estados Unidos, apontou que mães que fumam maconha podem ter bebês com sérios danos na memória, com consequências capazes de se estender até à adolescência. Os cientistas fizeram experimentos com roedoras que estavam grávidas, aplicando tetrahidrocanabinol (THC), um componente presente na maconha. Com isso, eles descobriram que essa substância pode ser transferida do sangue da mãe para o feto, afetando o desenvolvimento da criança. No hipocampo —

African Union Meeting of Drug Demand Reduction Experts, October 15-17, 2019

The African Union Commission and the Government of Mauritius are hosting a meeting of experts on drug treatment and prevention from throughout the continent. Key topics include review of the AU’s Plan of Action on Drug Control and Crime Prevention (2019-2023), the Pan- African Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (PAENDU), and sharing best practices.

Enhanced Knowledge of Indonesian Policymakers on the Nature, Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

30 policymakers from the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs, the National Narcotics Board (BNN), the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, the Ministry of Interior, and other entities participated in a three-day workshop on creating humane, effective and evidence-based drug use prevention and drug dependence treatment and care services. This training, being held from 14 – 16 October 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia was organized by UNODC Headquarters together with the UNODC Programme

Addiction in Bhutan

Bhutan is recognised for its development philosophy of Gross National Happiness, which places the well-being of people above gross domestic product. However, over the last few years, the number of patients with mental disorder seeking help from the health care system has grown significantly throughout the country. Growing drug- and alcohol-related mental health problems are having a clear impact on Bhutan. Policy makers and other professionals claim Bhutan is not progressing at the same speed

GISA Organises National TOT on UPC School Based Track in Nigeria

GISA Organises National Training of Trainers on UPC School Based Track in Nigeria Between July 9 and 18th 2019, Global Initiative on Substance Abuse (GISA) in collaboration with the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), United States organized national training of trainers on the School Based Track of the Universal Prevention Curriculum in Lagos State, Nigeria. The training commenced with an opening ceremony witnessed by

U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Paul W. Jones Visits Karachi, Pakistan

U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Paul W. Jones visited Karachi You can also see my interaction highlight with the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Paul W. Jones during our meeting #AmbJones recently visited Karachi to reaffirm America’s commitment to develop Pakistan. #AmbJones met with senior government officials, civil society leaders and representatives of Pak-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN). Check out the video to see the highlights of the visit. #USAMBinKarachi #AmbJones #KarachiConsulate #USPAK #USinPAK

Depression and Binge-drinking among Military Spouses and Partner

It is recognised that harmful alcohol consumption is more common amongst those who have served in the UK armed forces. However this is not just an issue for the individual who has served in the army. In a recent study conducted by researchers at Kings College London, they found that alcohol is also an increased problem amongst female spouses and partners of military personnel. The researchers found that female spouses and partners of military personnel

India's Health Ministry Wants to Ban Electronic Cigarettes

The health ministry of India has proposed a ban on the production and import of electronic cigarettes. The ministry is concerned the use of e-cigarettes will become an "epidemic" among children and young adults and therefore banning the products is in public interest. Health officials are proposing jail terms of up to three years, with a penalty of up to 500,000 rupees, for repeat offenders who violate the new rules, according to a draft of

Russian Alcohol Consumption

In terms of global alcohol consumption, Russia has been consistently considered one of the countries with the highest track record of heavy drinking. However, recent figure have found Russian alcohol consumption has decreased by 43% from 2003 to 2016, according to a report published by the WHO. Some explanations as to this positive downward trend include the introduction advertising restrictions, increased taxes on alcohol, a ban on alcohol sales between certain hours, and banned street

IntNSA 2019 Annual Educational Conference

This conference focuses on the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for any nurse who cares for persons with substance use, abuse, and addictions. Providing patient-centred care through prevention, screening, treatment and recovery services is best brought about when interdisciplinary teams work together to accomplish effective and successful patient care outcomes. Interdisciplinary collaboration utilizes the Institute Of Medicine’s core competencies of evidence-based practice, informatics, and quality assurance to promote positive lifestyle changes. Attendees will increase their

Lift UP Workshop - 2019

5 members of the Pakistan U.S. Alumni group participated in the “Prevention of Violence against Women Living in Drug Affected Families” Adv. Zia Awan - IVLP Rana Asif Habib - IVLP Kiran Mushtaq - IVLP Dr Salman Baig - Hubert Humphrey Fellow & Farheen Naveed - IVLP & Humphrey #PUAN #IVLP #LiftUp #HHHF

Recovery Month 2019

Every September the Recovery Month Campaign aims to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. Over the years, Recovery Month has promoted and supported new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the strong and proud recovery community, and dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. The SAMHSA Recovery Month 2019 theme is Join the Voices for

The Karachi Chapter of Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) celebrated Alumni Reunion

The Karachi chapter of Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) celebrated Alumni Reunion Consul General Robert Silberstein congratulated the exchange participants and said, “you serve as cultural ambassadors of #Pakistan. Your efforts help deepen #America’s friendship with Pakistan’s wonderfully diverse people. I congratulate you on your accomplishments and urge you to use education networks and connections you have developed in the United States to continue innovating.” Established in 2008, PUAN has a membership of over 29000 alumni

‘Chitta’ makes inroads in hash-tag Himachal

Himachal Pradesh is trying hard to keep the younger generation away from the deadly trap of lowgrade heroin, popularly known as 'Chitta', and other forms of synthetic drugs. Traditionally, cannabis has always been grown in Parvati Valley area of the state, but it was meant for personal use and had a level of social acceptance, until some people tool it up as a commercial venture. However, now the hill state is seeing the advance of

Get Connected: A Drug Use Prevention Revolution in Schools Nation-Wide

The Get Connected drug use prevention programme for 12-14 year old school children started in Mauritius in January 2019. This skills-based programme is inspired and adapted from the European Union Unplugged Programme. It is in line with the UNODC International Standards on Drug Use Prevention and implemented with the support of UNODC. The start was preceded by the sensitization of top leadership of the Ministry of Education, Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research (MoEHRTESR)