Publications

WHO Global Report on Trends in Prevalence of Tobacco Use 2000-2025

Published by
WHO

Tobacco is the only legal drug that kills many of its users when used exactly as intended by manufacturers. WHO has estimated that tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) is currently responsible for the death of about six million people across the world each year with many of these deaths occurring prematurely. This total includes about 600,000 people are also estimated to die from the effects of second-hand smoke.

Key Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Interviews

Published by
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is an ongoing illicit drug monitoring system which has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2000 and forms part of Drug Trends.

This year, we have provided a suite of products with the most up-to-date findings from interviews conducted annually from 2000-2019 with a cross-sectional sentinel group of people who regularly inject drugs.

This includes:

Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)

Published by
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is an illicit drug monitoring system which has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2003 and forms part of Drug Trends. 

The EDRS consists of annual interviews across all Australian jurisdictions with people who regularly use ecstasy and other stimulant drugs, as well as analysis and examination of indicator data sources related to illicit drugs. 

Associations between National Development Indicators and the Age Profile of People who Inject Drugs: Results from a Global Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Published by
Lancet
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Abstract: Background Globally, an estimated 15·6 million people inject drugs. We aimed to investigate global variation in the age profile of people who inject drugs (PWID), identify country-level factors associated with age of PWID, and assess the association between injecting drug use (IDU) in young people and rates of injecting and sexual risk behaviours at the country level.

Prevention in lockdown contexts

Published by
sedronar
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The material promotes the development of intervention strategies for a comprehensive and networked approach to problematic substance use in areas of deprivation of liberty. Encouraging the participation of detainees, their families, prison service benchmarks and the community at large. It starts from a rights and health promotion approach, developing a comprehensive and articulated work with the different actors involved.

EU Drug Markets Report 2019

Published by
EMCDDA

The EU Drug Markets Report 2019 is the third comprehensive overview of illicit drug markets in the European Union by the EMCDDA and Europol. 

The analysis presented in the report examines topics such as the links between drugs and other crimes, the licit economy and society more generally as well as the processes and players involved in the trade, from production and trafficking to distribution.

Vibrant and Healthy Kids Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity

Published by
National Academy of Medicine
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Children are the foundation of the United States, and supporting them is a key component of building a successful future. However, millions of children face health inequities that compromise their development, well-being, and long-term outcomes, despite substantial scientific evidence about how those adversities contribute to poor health.

Minimum Unit Pricing

Published by
Alcohol Drug Foundation
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One way to deter people from consuming excessive and harmful amounts of alcohol is through alcohol pricing policies. One such policy is the Minimum Unit Pricing.

Several countries, including Scotland, Canada, certain states of the USA, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, have adopted different forms of Minimum Unit Pricing. 

Prevention of Substance Abuse among Urban Youth in Kampala

Published by
Rogers Kasirye & Barbara Nakijoba
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UYDEL is a local NGO that works with young people ages 10-24 years who are vulnerable to exploitation and are at risk of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS infection. UYDEL's mission is to enhance socio-economic transformation of disadvantaged young people through skills development for self reliance. UYDEL uses selective prevention to counter substance abuse as our beneficiaries are already at risk of substance use.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)- Evidence Briefing

Published by
The British Psychological Society

There is a pressing need to protect the wellbeing of children growing up within our society.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are highly stressful events or situations that happen during childhood and/or adolescence. 

There is clear evidence that links ACEs and a wide range of health and social problems across the lifespan.

Training on Basic Counselling Skills for Addiction Professional - Final Report

Published by
Education and Training Unit of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board

In order to appropriately address the concerning global levels of substance use and substance use disorders, it is vital that staff are trained to deliver evidence-based treatment.

At the start of November 2019, the Education and Training Unit of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board conducted training on Basic Counseling Skills for 28 staff members of the NDDCB.

Receiving Addiction Treatment in the US: Do Patient Demographics, Drug of Choice, or Substance Use Disorder Severity Matter?

Published by
International Journal of Drug Policy
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This article looks at who receives treatment in the United States in terms of demographic characteristics, addiction severity and drug of choice. While sex, age and race/ethnicity have small effects on treatment utilization, the primary factors leading to addiction treatment in the U.S. are involvement in the crimina justice system and SUD severity.

The link offers a free download of the article through Jan. 4, 2020

Helping to Support and Transform the Lives of People Affected by Alcohol

Published by
Local Government Association
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Drinking to excess takes a huge toll on individuals, families, communities and society as a whole.

Many adult problem drug users have long histories of substance misuse which often starts before the age of 18.

Providing well-funded, targeted and effective substance misuse services is vital to help prevent alcohol abuse, enable people to overcome addiction and sustain their recovery.

Recomendaciones para el Abordaje de la Salud Mental en el Primer Nivel de Atención 2019

Published by
Ministerio de Salud, Argentina

El objetivo de esta publicación es acercar recomendaciones como herramientas de trabajo para el abordaje de la salud mental en el Primer Nivel de Atención, desde un enfoque centrado en los derechos humanos, basado en la Ley Nacional de Salud Mental No 26.657 y desde la Estrategia de Atención Primaria de la Salud y el Modelo de Salud Mental Comunitaria.

Livro: Importância dos programas escolares de prevenção ao uso de drogas

Published by
Ministério da Saúde - Universidade Federal de São Paulo
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LEITURA

Prevenir o uso indevido de álcool e outras drogas é um dos tópicos inquestionáveis nos mais diversos contextos sociais – escola, família e comunidade, entre outros. A escola é o local que abriga a maior parte das crianças e dos adolescentes de uma comunidade e é nessa fase escolar que o adolescente tem o primeiro contato com o mundo das drogas.  

Single-session & Other Brief Interventions for Preventing Youth Alcohol, Marijuana, E-cigarette & Opioid Use

Published by
Chudley Edward Werch, PhD
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We recently presented a webinar on brief interventions for preventing youth substance use.  Because it was a completely filled session, I wanted to provide a description of the main points covered in the webinar for those who had not had an opportunity to attend it.    

Introduction

El sentido social en la investigación epidemiológica en adicciones

Published by
Revista Observatorio Social ISSN 1667-586X
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La problemática del consumo de sustancias psicoactivas es definida como compleja y multidimensional, por lo tanto obliga a recurrir a enfoques renovadores dentro de la epidemiología que permitan abordajes a la medida de dicha complejidad. Estos nuevos enfoques deben contemplar componentes participativos que a su vez impacten en las políticas públicas.

Comorbidity and Recovery

Published by
Ali Adyb
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Imagine going through treatment numerous times but not being able to stop using. Imagine deciding not to use and doing everything you possibly can to stop using but relapsing despite all your efforts. If this sums up your situation or If this story keeps repeating in your journey of recovery from substance use disorder, then chances are you might be suffering from substance use disorder together with another disorder or comorbidity.

Different Risk Factors Are Associated with Alcohol Use versus Problematic Use in Male Pakistani Adolescents

Published by
Salman Shahzad, Wendy Kliewer, Muzaffar Ali and Nasreen Begum
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Abstract

Substance abuse is a significant problem in Pakistan (Hussain, 2017), yet, there are few studies of risk factors in this population, particularly in remote areas. Male adolescents (N = 243; M = 16.9 years, SD = 1.3 years) were recruited from schools in Gilgit‐Baltistan, and completed questions on demographics, substance use, and psychosocial functioning.