During this pandemic, people have been forced to adjust their lifestyles in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Lockdowns and restrictions have been imposed in most countries, which has led to pubs, restaurants and bars being shut down. This has led to a change in motivations for drinking, where people are choosing to drink and how much people are consuming.
The Most Controversial Issue in Alcohol Treatment. Highlight from Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell C2
This self-help material was developed based on WHO Capacity Building Training Package 4 entitled “Strengthening health systems for treating tobacco dependence in primary care”. Its target audience are tobacco users. It aims to give advice and information to improve tobacco user’ readiness to quit and to help those who are ready to quit to plan a quit attempt. The content of this self-help material includes:
The goal of treatment for opioid addiction or opioid use disorder (OUD) is remission of the disorder leading to lasting recovery.
Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.
In February 2019, the UK government appointed Professor Dame Carol Black to undertake an independent review of drugs.
This was to inform the government’s thinking on what more can be done to tackle the harm that drugs cause.
Addiction Debates explores the tumultuous landscape of addiction research, policy and practice. Covering all the 'hot topics' of the day in a balanced and informative manner, Comiskey provides international perspectives on each topic, stimulating debate and discussion via the different approaches taken globally.
At the Crux: The Encounter between Clinician and Client. Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix Cell B2
Influences explored across the Matrix come to a head in the encounter between clinician and client. Take a step back and (in the words of one of this cell’s reviews) you will see that therapies may be the “trees”, but the “forest” is the client-therapist relationship.
The Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) has collaborated with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) to develop a comprehensive “how-to” guide on assessing compliance with tobacco packaging and labeling requirements.
Coronavirus is one of the most significant public health challenges we have faced in the past 100 years. Everyone is effected. However, the strain is particularly great for those working on the front line to detect and treat people who have come into contact with the virus.
The nature of places of detention is that they are constructed to maximize public safety.
This is highly likely to lead to people living in very close proximity of each other in often overcrowded conditions, which increases the probability of the transmission of viruses.
Overcrowding is an increasingly widespread problem in a number of countries and places of detention.
Close to 11 million prisoners worldwide — as well as the officers who are charged with ensuring their safe, secure and humane custody — must not be forgotten during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Countries should recognize the particular risks which COVID-19 and the virus that causes it to pose to confined populations for which physical distancing is not an option.
Adulterants, Contaminants and Co-occurring Substances in Drugs on the Illegal Market in Canada: An Analysis of Data from Drug Seizures, Drug Checking and Urine Toxicology
The spread of COVID-19 is causing unprecedented damage throughout the world, from which the lasting impact will be evident for many years to come.
It is vital that preventative efforts are put in place in order to minimise the damage and bolster levels of resilience so communities can recover.
The World Health Organisation defines telehealth as:
The use of telecommunications and virtual technology to deliver health care outside of traditional health-care facilities.
The developmental stage of adolescence involves dramatic biologic, psychological, and behavioural changes.
It is a time where young people start to explore, seek further independence and experiment with new experiences. It is also a time where young people are particularly vulnerable to developing difficulties related to potentially risky behaviour.
Many people who develop substance use disorders have mental health conditions, and, likewise, many individuals who suffer from mental health issues also use substances in a harmful manner.
The relationship between mental health and substance use is complex.
In ADF's latest insight, the organisation provides an overview of the subject and its relationship with our brain chemistry.
The World Health Organisation is working alongside other public health authorities around the world to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and inform the public with the latest updates and measures to reduce the potential impact on the global community.
The physical implications of a person contracting coronavirus are clear. However, the mental strain on all members of society should also be considered.
This document, ‘The International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders' is the work of UNODC and WHO to support Member States in their efforts to develop
and expand effective, evidence-based and ethical treatment for drug use disorders.
WHO and public health authorities around the world are acting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress throughout the population.
Source: Gostin, L. O., Hanfling, D., Hanson, S. L., Stroud, C., & Altevogt, B. M. (Eds.). (2009). Guidance for establishing crisis standards of care for use in disaster situations: A letter report. National Academies Press.
COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving pandemic with national advice and guidance updated regularly.
The fact that alcohol may no longer be consumed in public places, increases risks related to home drinking, where alcohol is cheaper, compounded by the stress that the current situation is causing.
This guidance has been drawn up by the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), at the request of the Scottish Government.
The situation regarding responses to the COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly evolving.
People who use drugs face the same risks as those of the general population and therefore need to be aware of the appropriate advice to reduce their risk of infection.