New to Alcohol Use Research: Recommendations for Early Career Researchers

In this article, early career researcher Joella shares her experience of working as a research assistant at the University of Balearic Islands alongside the Research Group in Data Analysis. The project that Joella is working on focuses on young people’s alcohol use, specifically the psychosocial evaluation of alcohol use in young people of Palma de Mallorca. This evaluation includes the assessment of risky alcohol use, attitudes towards alcohol use and socioeconomic status. Joella’s role in

More U.S. Stores Likely Sell Cigarettes to Minors than Reported

(Reuters Health) - More retailers may be selling cigarettes to minors than government estimates have suggested, a new study finds. Researchers determined that more than half of retail stores may be inadvertently, and illegally, selling cigarettes to underage buyers, according to the results published in JAMA Pediatrics. Federal estimates are based on single visits to stores, the researchers note. The new study was based on six visits per store by teens too young to purchase

Statistical Bulletin: Deaths Related to Drug Poisoning in England and Wales

This article presents data on the number of drug misuse deaths in England and Wales from 1993 onwards, by cause of death, sex, age and substances involved in the death. The overall number of deaths has risen by 12 to 3,756 in 2017. This is not a statistically significant increase (similar to last year) and shows the rise is abating. The number of drug misuse deaths (i.e. accidental overdose as opposed to suicide via overdose)

Trinidad y Tobago reticente a legalizar y promover la marihuana

Trinidad y Tobago reticente a legalizar y promover la marihuana Puerto España, 14 jul (PL) El primer ministro de Trinidad y Tobago, Keith Rowley, afirmó que la despenalización de la marihuana hoy está lejos de ser prioridad gubernamental a pesar de recientes acuerdos de sus homólogos en la Comunidad del Caribe (Caricom). El mandatario recordó que durante la 39 Conferencia de Jefes de Gobierno en Jamaica los miembros de la Caricom consensuaron revisar el potencial

The Closing Ceremony of Basic Counseling Training and Handover of ICAP 1 Certificates

Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has organized a five-day long Basic Counseling Training for Addiction Professionals, including doctors, counselors, managers and other staff from the country’s different drug treatment and rehabilitation centers. The training was held from 15-19 July 2018 at the Training room of the Health Sector, Dhaka Ahsania Mission. Director (Treatment and Rehabilitation), Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) Mr. Mofidul Islam was present as the Chief Guest in the training closing session and handed

U.S. Children's Exposure to Addiction Drug Rose 215% in Three Years, Study Says

This article discusses accidental exposure to buprenorphine among children. It summarizes how children are more susceptible to breathing cessation with the medication than are adolescents or adults. While these data are focused on poisoning and not substance use disorders, it still speaks to the cross-section of children and opioids in the USA. (Summary by Dr. Hendree Jones)

One in six young people in high school tried drugs

Marijuana is the most widely used illegal substance, but growing consumption of 'popper'. At least 520 thousand high school students, whose ages are between 12 and 18, have used drugs at least once in your life. That figure represents 15.9% of schoolchildren in the country between grades 7th and 11 (one in six) and confirms how consumption became weather is a problem of public health for the country. The data are contained in the latest

Substance Use Prevention Important to Achieve SDG Goals

World Leaders have been committed to fulfilling the 169 targets in achieving the 17 goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, among these Substance Use Prevention and Treatment is one of the most important targets. Substance Use Prevention activities have been included in the 7th five-year plan, prepared in light of the SDGs. This was mentioned in the UN SDG Goal-3 Seminar held at the Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) auditorium on June 30, 2018.

Intervenções via Internet para redução do consumo de álcool entre universitários: uma revisão sistemática

[RESUMO]. Objetivo. Identificar as principais modalidades de intervenções via Internet para limitar o uso de álcool por estudantes universitários e descrever os efeitos dessas intervenções sobre o consumo e as consequências do uso de álcool. Método. Esta é uma revisão sistemática com artigos disponíveis nas bases PubMed, PsycINFO e SciELO. Foram utilizados os termos de busca alcohol drinking AND Internet, sem restrição de data ou idioma. Foram critérios de inclusão: ser estudo randomizado controlado com

World Drug Day and World Drug Report Launch 2018

The 2018 theme of the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crime was "Listen First" which you can read more about on their website here . The website is available in multiple language formats. A series of fact sheets for policy makers with individual sheets targeting parents, teachers and prevention workers are available. The 26th June also saw the release of the World Drug Report 2018 . The report is split into 5 different booklets,

ISSUP Staff Team June Meeting

The ISSUP staff team met in June to discuss the coming months and updates to the website. The ISSUP team work remotely in various different locations internationally so it is great to come together face to face to work on big developments or nuanced tasks. The way in which ISSUP is growing was a focus point - we are seeing our membership newsletter subscribers growing and growing which is fantastic to see! We are also

June Student Membership Update

In our third 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 . Humphrey Fellowship Program The Humphrey Fellowship Program sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a US government

Website Launched to Teach Youth about Risks of Cannabis

With legalization of recreational cannabis looming, The Schizophrenia Society of Canada wants young people to understand the risks of using the drug. The society has launched a new website to increase awareness. ‘Cannabis and Psychosis: Explore the Link’ aims to provide comprehensive and accessible information to help youth better understand the issue. The website states: “Regular cannabis use impacts the development of a chronic life-long psychotic disorder in at risk individuals and is associated with

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The 26th of June marks the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking . First observed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, the day is "an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse." The theme for the day is " Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and

Facebook Will Redirect Searches about Opiates to SAMHSA Support Services

Many news outlets are reporting on a newly introduced feature of Facebook to help support people who use opiate drugs. Anyone searching for opiates for sale through the social media platform's search bar or seeking out addiction treatment will be directed to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) federal crisis helpline. The new feature will not only reduce the opportunity for illicit and prescription drugs to be sold or traded through the

How the Opioid Crisis Is Depressing America's Labor Force

It's been a decade since the financial crisis drove up the unemployment rate in the U.S. and forced people in the prime of their careers to give up looking for work. Even today, as employers add jobs at a furious pace, the workforce participation rate still hasn't recovered. And now researchers think they know one reason why: the opioid crisis. According to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the percentage of

How Teenage Vaping Puts Structure in Place for Heroin and Cocaine Addiction

The rapid adoption of e-cigarettes has been driven, at least in part, by a huge jump in the potency of e-liquids. CIGARETTE SMOKING AMONG teenagers is on the wane. While data show smoking among teenagers has dropped over the past few years, it's not all good news. Teenagers are vaping nicotine instead. One in 8 – or 12 percent of – teenagers in New Jersey have tried e-cigarettes and/or hookah at least once. When cigarette

Auditor General Slams 'Unacceptable' Lack of Treatment for Mentally Ill Inmates

New Brunswick jails aren't offering any addiction treatment or therapy for mentally ill inmates, according to the province's auditor general. Kim MacPherson's investigation into treatment in jails revealed a patchwork system where no one is responsible for treating mentally ill or addicted inmates. In releasing her report Tuesday, MacPherson described a cycle where inmates lose access to addiction and mental health treatment behind bars, making them sicker. Justice system pays cost for inmates who don't

SAMHSA Announces $930 Million Funding Opportunity to Combat the Opioid Crisis

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is now accepting applications for $930 million in State Opioid Response Grants. SAMHSA will distribute funds to states and territories in support of their ongoing efforts to provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services to individuals with opioid use disorder. The State Opioid Response Grants aim to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to

Más de la mitad de los jóvenes tienen una relación de dependencia con los móviles

Los resultados de un estudio en el que han participado 1.276 personas de 80 países diferentes, todas ellas residentes en España o en países hispanohablantes, apuntan a que más de la mitad de los menores de 18 años experimentan problemas asociados al uso y abuso de los teléfonos móviles. El estudio ha incidido además en la relación entre la utilización excesiva de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación y los síntomas de estrés

Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Humphrey Fellowship Program, sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a US government international exchange program supported by the people of the United States. Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in both the public and the private sectors in a wide range of fields, including substance abuse education, treatment and prevention. Candidates in this field may be focused on problems

Using Technology in the Field of Substance Use

This special news article is focused on all things digital - exploring e-health, d-health, m-health and u-health. We wanted to shine a light on the ways technology is being used in substance use prevention, treatment and recovery. So what is e-health? When we talk about e-health we are exploring the opportunities in public health and health services for information and treatment to be enhanced by the use of the internet and other technologies. This might

Lessdrugs : an e-health approach to lifestyle management

Lessdrugs is an project supported by the EIT Health initiative. Bringing together Imperial College London , Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing and the University of Copenhagen the pilot project implements microlearning to explore choices about prescription drug use in older people. The approach, microlearning, "is a promising innovative education technique utilising small "nuggets" of information that consist of short movies, infographics, quizzes, polls or slides." The information can be communicated through social media and

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