Publications

Lethal Highs: How U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories Are Protecting America from Designer Drugs

Published by
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection
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This article summarizes the work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) in the area of counternarcotics. The CBP describes the challenges to addressing substance use when molecular manipulation is being used by drug manufacturing chemists.

Contingency Management and Drug Disorders

Published by
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
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The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) defines contingency management as “a general behavioural intervention technique used in the treatment of drug dependence … designed to weaken drug use and strengthen abstinence.” A systematic review recently published by the organisation assesses the effectiveness of such methods when used in conjunction with pharmacological based tre

Paris Pact Initiative - A Partnership to Combat Illicit Traffic in Opiates Originating in Afghanistan

Published by
UNODC

Since its inception in 2003, the broad international coalition known as the Paris Pact Initiative (PPI), made up today of 58 partner countries and 22 organizations, including UNODC, has evolved into one of the most important frameworks for combatting illicit traffic in opiates originating in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan National Drug Use Survey 2015

Published by
SGI Global, LLC

This five year survey is a global model for its rigor – the only national prevalence survey that I know of in the world where questionnaires were combined with 100% toxicology testing of three biological samples per person (hair, urine, saliva) and 10 panels of drugs, resulting in over 30,000 toxicological tests covering 75% of the country’s urban centers and 52 villages in most provinces.

The survey also includes: 

USA and Europe: Drug Use Compared

Published by
European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) & Monitoring the Future (MTF)
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This month saw the release of the findings from the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD). The publication shows the country-by-country results for the use of various legal and illegal drugs. Thirty-five European countries were included in the study which targeted 15- and 16-year-olds.

Adieu to Stereotypes? Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption in France

Published by
Observatoire français des drogues et des toxiconomies (OFDT)
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If you were asked to provide a list of things we most associate with French cultural identity, wine and cigarettes would probably feature. A recent survey, however, suggests that, as is generally the case across Europe, alcohol and tobacco consumption amongst adolescents in France has decreased over the past five years.

International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

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Drug use disorders are a serious global health problem. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that 246 million people, or one in twenty 15- to 64-year-olds, used an illegal drug in 2013. Of those who use, one in ten is suffering from a drug use disorder. Scientific evidence suggests that such dependent behaviour is best treated within a public health framework.

Great Resources for Teaching Alcohol Awareness

Are you a teacher? Are you looking for materials or information to teach alcohol awareness? The Alcohol Education Trust has put together a useful list of resources that covers the ins and outs of teaching alcohol awareness in schools. The list includes lesson plans, power point presentations, fact sheets, interactive websites and other useful teaching materials. Click on the links to check out the resources:

UNODC World Drug Report 2016

Published by
UNODC
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Around five per cent of the adult population, or nearly 250 million people between the ages of 15 and 64, used at least one drug in 2014, according to the latest World Drug Report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Although substantial, this figure has not grown over the past four years in proportion to the global population.

Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people's health and well-being. Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study

Published by
World Health Organisation
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This book is the latest addition to a series of reports on young people's health from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: a WHO collaborative cross-national study that has provided information about the health, well-being, social environment and health behaviour of 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys and girls for over 30 years.

2016 EU Drug Markets Report

Published by
EMCDDA
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The 2016 EU Drug Markets Report — In-depth Analysis is launched at a press conference in Brussels on 5 April by Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. The Commissioner will be joined by EMCDDA Director Alexis Goosdeel and Europol Director Rob Wainwright. 

European Drug Report 2015

Published by
EMCDDA
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The EU Drug Agency (EMCCDA) has published the European Drug Report 2015. In its annual review, the agency reflects on 20 years of monitoring and examines the global influences and local ramifications of Europe’s ever-changing drugs problem.

Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol

Published by
World Health Organization
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The global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, endorsed by the Sixty-third World Health Assembly in May 2010, recognizes the close links between the harmful use of alcohol and socioeconomic development. It represents the commitment by the Member States of the World Health Organization to sustained action at all levels.

From Coercion to Cohesion: Treating Drug Dependence through Health Care, Not Punishment

Published by
World Health Organization
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The aim of this draft discussion paper, “From coercion to cohesion: Treating drug dependence through health care, not punishment”, is to promote a health-oriented approach to drug dependence. The International Drug Control Conventions give Member States the flexibility to adopt such an approach. Treatment offered as an alternative to criminal justice sanctions has to be evidence-based and in line with ethical standards.

Guide to Implementing Family Skills Training Programmes for Drug Abuse Prevention

Published by
UNODC
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UNODC published Guidelines to implement family skills training programmes for drug abuse prevention in March 2009. These guidelines contain evidence of effectiveness, principles of family skills training programmes, cultural adaptation guidelines, advice on how to recruit and retain families through the programmes, practical advice on training of staff, as well as information about monitoring and evaluating family skills training programmes.