Drugs: a complex problem. Prevention: the only way!

Drugs are problems that integrate virtually all contemporary societies, causing great social and economic impacts. In Brazil, illicit drugs also finance crime and violence, so their fight remains a huge challenge for our country. Most users are young and start using these substances still at school, at an increasingly premature age. The truth is that, both in large metropolises and in regions farther from Brazilian territory, consumption and addiction start more and earlier. According to

Training on the Universal Curriculum for Substance Use - Implementers Series (UPC1), Core Course for Afghanistan Cohort 2

Colombo, Sri Lanka 18-26 January 2020 By Rogers Kasirye The workshop started on 18th January organized by Colombo/ INL for the support in undertaking the training programme for Afghanistan entitled Training on the Universal Curriculum for Substance Use - Implementers Series (UPC1), core course for Afghanistan Cohort 2. The participants who attended the workshop were to be equipped with skills, correct attitude and knowledge with regard to the Science of substance use prevention. The facilitators

UK Drug Treatment - Lessons from History for the Future

On 7th November 2019, Public Health England released their adult substance misuse treatment statistics report. During the reporting year, a total of 268,251 adults were in contact with drug and alcohol treatment services, between April 2018 and March 2019. To put this in to context, that figure equates to more than the total population of the city where I live, Wolverhampton (est. 258,440 in September 2017). For each person that touched the treatment system that

Call for Team Applications: Fifteenth Annual Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup

Significant advances in prevention science are often due to a team of individuals working closely together across many years. In recognition of the importance of the collaborative process to the field, the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) will sponsor a friendly competition amongst teams of early career researchers for the honour of bringing home the Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup. The Cup is named for two of the founders and long-time active members of SPR

OBID entrevista a pesquisadora Sanela Talic

O que é prevenção? Penso que a definição de "ciência da prevenção" pela Rede Acadêmica de Ciência para Prevenção (SPAN) abrange totalmente o papel desse campo. É um campo muito rico em termos de combinação e uso do conhecimento de muitas disciplinas para considerar etiologia, epidemiologia, desenho de intervenção, eficácia e implementação para a prevenção de uma variedade de problemas sociais e de saúde. Não falamos apenas sobre prevenção ao uso de substâncias, mas também

Conheça o Projeto “Balada com Ciência”

O surgimento da ideia: Não dá para negar: muita coisa acontece na balada! Algumas legais e outras nem tanto... Algumas decisões tomadas sob o efeito do álcool e outras drogas podem ter implicações para o resto da vida. Outras, nem tanto... Achados internacionais mostram que o excesso de ingestão de bebidas alcoólicas e outras drogas nas casas noturnas e bares está associado a mais episódios de agressão física, comportamento sexual de risco, violência sexual e

Engaging Youth in Substance Use Prevention (EYTSUP) - 2019/2020

Project Goals To educate and train professionals and students on preventing their societies from the hazardous effects of substance use. Key Achievements During Project It was initially intended to invite 20 professionals from different portfolios of Aga Khan Social Welfare Board (AKSWB) and Aga Khan Education Services (AKESP) for Karachi but due to overwhelming response and extensive interest of Aga Khan Social Welfare Board (AKSWB) and Aga Khan Education Services (AKESP) they sent the nomination

SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists)

SALIS ( is an international, non-governmental, non-profit, organization. It is a network for information professionals, librarians, prevention specialists, addiction professionals, researchers, and others working in or interested in the literature and information resources in the alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs field. The primary purpose of SALIS is to promote the use of objective, accurate, thorough, and timely alcohol, tobacco, and other drug information, as well as to advocate for the interchange, accessibility, and preservation of

Universal Treatment Curricula (UTC) Refresher Training and International Certified Addiction Professional (ICAP) Examination for Treatment Practitioners in Pakistan

Working jointly the International Society of Substance Use Professional (ISSUP) Pakistan National Chapter and Drug Advisory Program (DAP) of the Colombo Plan, in collaboration with the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Pakistan, organized a three-day UTC refresher training followed by ICAP examination for Pakistani substance use treatment professionals on November 21-24, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan. A total of 86 treatment practitioners including 37 from Punjab province, 22

National Youth Convention & Poster Competition in Lahore, Pakistan

Free Registration! For great learning opportunity about substance use prevention. The International Society of Substance Use Professionals National Chapter in Pakistan and Youth Forum Pakistan (For drug abuse prevention among youth) are organising a NATIONAL YOUTH CONVENTION and the 1st poster competition with the theme of "PAINT FOR DRUG FREE PAKISTAN" on 6th of February, 2020 from 09:00 am to 0:500 pm at Al Hamra Art Council Lahore. Youth from all provinces of Pakistan including

PhD studentships- SSA

Overall purpose: to provide the opportunity to pursue a PhD in addiction science registered at a UK university and hosted at an appropriate organisation which, in the opinion of the Trustees (or officers with devolved authority), furthers the aims of the SSA. The SSA aims to provide up to two full-time studentships per year. Scope: No restrictions are placed on the precise topic of proposed PhD study, except that it must address areas which support

Prescription Opioid Use among Military Veterans

There is growing concern about levels of opioid misuse amongst military veterans. Conditions, such as PTSD, brain injury, and chronic pain, elevate the risk among this population. In a recent study, conducted by psychology professor Kaston Anderson-Carpenter- a behavioural and social scientist at Michigan State University, concerning trends became apparent amongst particular groups of veterans- namely bisexual veterans and veterans over the age of 50. The research found that: Bisexual women veterans are especially at

Alcohol-Related Deaths Increasing in the United States

There has been a steady rise in deaths caused by alcohol, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The research examined U.S. death certificate data from 1999 to 2017, classing deaths as alcohol-related if an alcohol-induced cause was listed as the underlying cause or as a contributing cause of death. The team found that, in 2017, nearly half of

The Best Way to Ditch Bad Habits: What Science Can Teach Us

Changing your lifestyle and making the decision to ditch bad habits can be a challenge for us all. Researchers from Kings College London and the University of York recommend some simple techniques that have been scientifically proven to increase chances of success of ditching bad habits. The two Ps- Perseverance and Planning. Understand it may take more than one attempt and the journey may not always be smooth. Planning your time and method can ensure

Monthly Newsletter December - 2019

Monthly Newsletter December - 2019 During this month, Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF) was invited to speak by several organizations and universities on substance use prevention and especially the role of youth in preventing substance use. During this month Mr. Ahmad Shah (Youth Program Manager-DFPF) was also selected from the pool of hundreds of professionals to take part in an extensive fellowship program by ROZAN in Islamabad, Pakistan. Apart from these activities Team DFPF had

ICUDDR Conference 2020: Call for Proposals & Save the Date!

The International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) will be holding its annual conference at the Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok Thailand, July 13-15, 2020. Conference registration will begin March 1st. ICUDDR is now accepting abstracts for 1.5 hour panel presentations and 3 hour courses. They have some partial scholarships available for airfare and hotel. There are two categories for which you can submit a proposal. Please keep in mind ICUDDR's mission and goals

Scaife Medical Student Fellowship in Substance Use Disorders

With the generous support of the Scaife Family Foundation, the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) is able to conduct this specialised program. The program offers medical students an intensive learning experience about addiction and its treatment far beyond anything they may have encountered in their prior medical school education or clinical rotations. Program Philosophy Because patients with addiction have historically been neglected and mistreated by the healthcare system, healthcare professionals have

Fentanyl Deaths on the Rise

Deaths caused by the drug fentanyl are on the rise in the UK, a recent report published by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) warns. The report, which included a a literature review of the effects of fentanyl, details of misuse of the compound, and a summary of the associated harms as documented internationally and in the UK, found that deaths related to Fentanyl have risen from eight in 2008 to 135

Call to Participate in the EUSPR ECF and the ECF Committee

The European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) promotes the development of prevention science, and its application to practice so as to promote human health and well-being through high quality research, evidence based interventions, policies and practices. EUSPR are cordially inviting you to participate in the EUSPR ECF and the ECF Committee, in the following areas: ECF Communication (e.g., develop, design and disseminate EC communication for the EUSPR newsletter, prevention-related organisations in Europe) ECF Conference (e.g

Commission on Alcohol Harm

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is supporting a Commission on Alcohol Harm, consisting of a panel of varied experts. The Commission on Alcohol Harm has been established to examine the current evidence on alcohol harm, recent trends in alcohol harm and the changes needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. The Commission will also examine the need for a new comprehensive UK-wide alcohol strategy. AHA are keen to have input from academic researchers

Prevention Plus Wellness Celebrates 10 Years Promoting Healthy Youth Lifestyles with Special BOGO Offer

Prevention Plus Wellness is celebrating 10 years of providing practical evidence-based and evidence-informed substance use prevention programs and training to prevention and health specialists that promote youth and young adult physical activity and healthy behaviors. To celebrate this milestone, we’ll be offering various special discounts and events throughout the new year. To kick things off, throughout January we are providing a Buy One Get One (BOGO) free offer on all of our programs. This includes

3rd Young Leadership Program 2019 in Pakistan

A session on Substance Use Prevention among youth was held at the 3rd Young Leadership Program 2019 at the National Incubation Center, Karachi on 28 December, 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, substance misuse, crimes and drug-related injuries. The Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF)

2nd Learning Fellowship Training on "Men, Masculinities and Transformation"

2nd Learning Fellowship on "Men, Masculinities and Transformation" was held in Islamabad, Pakistan from 9th - 20th December, 2019. Fellows from Academia, Media and NGOs from different parts of Pakistan discussed Intersectionality of Masculinities with Self Awareness, Patriarchy, Conflict, Culture, Feminism and Gender Violence. Resource persons Kausar S Khan, Zehra Kamal, Raziq Fahim, Dr. Maria Rashid, Dr. Farzana Bari, Babar Bashir, Kishwar Sultana and Ali Salman facilitated sessions.

EU4MD Bursaries for the 2020 NIDA International Forum

Professionals, academics and experts from European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries will have the opportunity to participate in the 2020 National Institute on Drug Abuse International Forum, thanks to five bursaries being offered through the EU4Monitoring Drugs (EU4MD) project. The three-year EU-funded project — launched by the EMCDDA in January 2019 — supports national and regional readiness in the ENP area to identify and respond to drug-related health and security threats. The forum — organised by

New Zealand Government to Grant Police the Power to Conduct Roadside Drug Testing

Taking drugs influences your ability to drive safely putting yourself and those around you at risk. In a bid to prevent harm caused by drug driving, the New Zealand Government have introduced police random roadside drug testing. Drivers who are tested positive for drugs will be fined and suspended from driving. Ross Bell, NZ Drug Foundation Executive Director says: “The Government’s announcement sends a clear message to New Zealanders that drug driving is illegal and

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: 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