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)

India in US list of major illegal drug producing, transit countries

US President Donald Trump has designated India among the over 20 major drug transit or illicit drug producing countries. In a memorandum to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, Trump said that a country’s presence on the list is not necessarily a reflection of its government’s counter-narcotic efforts or level of cooperation with the US.

Funding Opportunity Announcement- Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages applications for the Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN) D43 program for institutional research training programs in low-and middle-income countries. Applications may be for collaborations between institutions in the U.S and an eligible LMIC or may involve just LMIC institutions if there is a previous track record of externally funded research and/or research training programs by the lead LMIC institution. This

SPR 2020 Call for Papers Now Open!

This year's conference theme, Why Context Matters: Towards a Place-Based Prevention Science, challenges prevention scientists to explicitly recognize the central role that geographical concepts such as location, distance, distribution, connectivity, place, neighbourhood, and activity space (routine locations of individuals) have on health outcomes. This call for papers seeks to stimulate creative spatial thinking to advance prevention science by further integrating place into existing behavioural theories, testing new theories and research designs, using technologies such as

Call for Abstracts - NIDA International SPR Poster Session

The International Program and the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host the 13th Annual NIDA International SPR Poster Session at the SPR 28th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, May 26–May 29, 2020. Posters should highlight drug and/or alcohol use prevention research, including research on drug/alcohol-related HIV/AIDS prevention. We seek variation in study designs, focus (e.g., formative work, outcome, implementation science), populations, and data types

Seed Funding and Mentoring Approved by United Nation Development Program (UNDP) - Project Entitled "Engaging Youth Toward Prevention" - 2019

Greetings from Pakistan It is my pleasure to inform you that my proposed Project Entitled "Engaging Youth Toward Prevention (EYTP)" has been selected in Youth Innovation Challenge 2019 being run by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Government of Sindh in coordination with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by Viamo a Global social Enterprise. The Youth Innovation Challenge 2019 aims to promote youth engagement and ownership in ensuring peace and promoting

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day originated in Canada with the first FASD Day taking place on 9th September 1999. Since then the campaign has gathered global recognition with many countries now taking part in activities to raise awareness of FASD and the prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong condition that results from a baby being exposed to alcohol in the womb before they are born. This exposure to

Calling for Volunteers for SPR Committees!

The Society for Prevention Research offers various opportunities for our members to help advance the mission and the strategic plan of the Society by getting involved in our committees. SPR is now in the process of convening our committees for the 2019-2020 term. The majority of committee work is handled through monthly conference calls. Committee members then volunteer to work on specific projects to advance the goals and objectives of each committee. The chair of

Thailand Cigarette Packaging

One of the ways tobacco companies encourage people to purchase their products is through creating positive associations of brands. These include bright designs and symbols that quickly become familiar to potential customers. In a bid to reduce the power of marketing and overall consumption of tobacco, countries around the world have been introducing plain tobacco packaging. The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) commends Thailand being the first country in the ASEAN Region and Asia

Report of 2018 NIDA International Forum, San Diego, USA

INTRODUCTION This report was written by Ikenna Daniel Molobe, Co-founder/Director of Unified Initiative for a Drug Free Nigeria; who presented a poster of his research, with support from the UNODC, at the 2018 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Forum held in San Diego, California, USA. The researcher’s abstract titled “Drug Abuse and Unsafe Abortion among Teenage Girls in Nigeria” was accepted for poster presentation at the conference. The conference tagged “Building International Collaborative

The Addiction Worker Training Project

Scottish Drug Forum’s award-winning training and employment project for people who have a history of drug or alcohol problems is looking for participants in Dumfries and Galloway. The Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP), run by Scottish Drugs Forum, supports, trains and prepares people with a history of drug or alcohol problems to work in the social care field. If successful with their application, AWTP trainees will be supported over nine months to achieve a recognised

National Trainers Trained on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) 12 and 15 in Turkmenistan

From 15-21 July 2019 team of national trainers from Turkmenistan attended the National Training of Trainers held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. There were 12 representatives of drug dependence treatment service of the Ministry of Health of Turkmenistan and non-profit organizations (ICAP 1 holders) trained on the two following courses of Advanced Level UTC: Course 12: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Course 15: Managing Co-Occurring Disorders Trainer-led presentations, small-group and reflective exercises, role-plays and case study discussions helped participants to

Central Asian Master Trainers Trained on Advanced Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Courses 14 and 17

From 23-31 July 2019, a team of master trainers from Central Asia attended the Regional Training of Trainers for Central Asia held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The training was organized by Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) within the framework of UNODC joint capacity building activity with Colombo Plan. There were 14 regional master trainers from five Central Asia countries trained on the two following Advanced UTC courses: Course 14: Working with Families with

Participate in Online Survey: Experiences and Needs of Families of Former Members of the UK Armed Forces with Substance Use Problems

The University of York and Adfam would like to invite you to take part in the above-named research project. The project has research ethics approval from the University of York. It is funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). The project aims to find out about the experiences and needs of adult family members of former members of the UK Armed Forces with substance use problems. The findings from the project will be used

Addiction News

The Addiction Journal has put together a news section highlighting noteworthy updates in the field of substance use prevention treatment and recovery from countries around the world. Have a browse through the past 6 months of headlines from around the world. Addiction News and Notes September 2019 Addiction News and Notes August 2019 Addiction News and Notes July 2019 Addiction News and Notes June 2019 Addiction News and Notes May 2019 Addiction News and Notes

Which prevention strategies are actually evidence-based and which are not?

Have you ever wondered what really works in prevention? Have you heard about the Prevention Standards, but have been too busy to look for them or to read them? This new series in the ‘Prevention Science and Practice’ network is for you! As of next week, UNODC will be facilitating a new series on the ‘Prevention’ network. Every week, we will take a look at one strategy that has been found to be effective in

Participants Required: Online Consultation on Stigmatizing Attitudes

In response to Resolution 61/11 ‘Promoting non-stigmatizing attitudes to ensure the availability of, access to and delivery of health, care and social services for drug users’ adopted during the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) is asking experts and partners to participate in an online consultation to identify international experiences and best practice on: Increasing awareness of the

Training of Trainers on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) in Pakistan

From 15 - 19 July 2019, UNODC trained a total of 16 trainers in Pakistan on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Course-8 which covers Media-based interventions. The training of trainers (ToT) of UPC in Pakistan consists of 3 selected courses from the UPC coordinator series that includes an introduction, school, and media. The participants work for national educational institutes, NGOs, media agencies, federal or provincial governments related to drug use prevention in Pakistan.All three courses

Planet Youth in Chile

The Chilian government has announced the development of the 'Choose to Live Without Drugs' system in Chile. Here, the director of Public Space and psychiatrist Mariano Montenegro describes the Icelandic model that inspired "Choose to live without drugs". He justifies why this initiative would work in Chile and describes the adaptions and measures that would be put in place to allow the model to be successfully implemented throughout the country.