The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has released an engaging learning module that provides evidence-based information on the effects of cannabis use during adolescence. The module is based on CCSA's report on the psychological, social and health-related effects of marijuana use among young people. It's a great resource for parents, teachers, health care providers, social workers and anyone else concerned about the well-being of young people. The module covers four far-reaching questions: How does
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network Coordinating Office is holding an international essay contest for recovered persons to celebrate recovery month. In the tradition of the U.S.A.’s National Recovery Month , they are encouraging people across the globe who are in recovery from substance use and/or mental health disorders to help them harness the power of stories by participating in the essay contest. Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place entries.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has released an online learning module that will help prevention professionals better understand the Portfolio of Canadian Standards for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention . The module aims to help prevention teams, mental health professionals, school administrators, law enforcement personnel and others to plan, select, implement and evaluate prevention initiatives in their communities and schools, and at home. The module: Identifies barriers to implementing the Canadian Standards for Youth
In the USA, Frontline report on changes in policy to allow doctors to issue more prescriptions for buprenorphine; new rules aimed at improving drug monitoring by federal prescribers treating Native Americans and military veterans ; a proposal to end financial incentives based on patient feedback for doctors who prescribe opioids; and more than a dozen new scientific studies on pain treatment and opioid dependence. The change to the regulation of prescribing buprenorphine, which comes into
In a discreet corner of the Mwananyamala District Hospital grounds, in Dar es Salaam, a group of young people queue up outside a small window to get their daily fix of methadone. Others are taking refuge from the intense heat in the few shady spots available in the dusty yard behind the low building housing the methadone clinic. There are few women to be seen but that, as explained by Dr Pilly Sahid Mutoka, the
New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that state implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) was associated with a reduction in opioid-related overdose deaths. The study, published in Health Affairs , also found that PDMPs that monitored greater numbers of drugs with abuse potential and updated their data more frequently had greater declines in opioid-related overdose deaths than programs without those characteristics. Study authors found that implementation of a
Over the last decade, there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of new drugs appearing on the global market. In Europe, around two new psychoactive substances (NPS) are detected every week, posing a major challenge to drug policy and practice. In its latest report, released today ahead of International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking (26 June), the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) presents its first analysis of the health responses to these
The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) will be joining forces this summer to hold the fifth European drugs summer school (EDSS) on ‘Illicit drugs in Europe: demand, supply and public policies’. Registration is open for the two-week course, which will take place in the Portuguese capital from 27 June to 8 July. The initiative is also supported by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Sandra Jones , Australian Catholic University Research shows children who are exposed to alcohol advertising are more likely to start drinking earlier and to drink more . But Australian regulations are inadequate to protect children and adolescents from such advertising. That’s the finding of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) review of alcohol advertising . Importantly, it makes 30 recommendations to fix the problem. But 18 months after ANPHA passed the report to government,
The US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has recently updated its Family Checkup resource for parents concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs. The resource is built around five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlighting positive parenting skills. Each question is illustrated with video examples alongside information to help parents practice these important skills. The questions are: Are you able to