This article from Sri Lanka highlights increasing drug trade throughout Asia. In particular, Sri Lanka is seeing a dramatic increase in heroin trafficking which is causing serious health and security challenges.
Since the 1930s, the response to drug addiction has moved from one that focuses on the need to punish users to another that recognises the importance of prevention and treatment approaches.
In other words, thanks to scientific advances, substance abuse has evolved from a judicial to a heath issue.
Prescription painkillers are second only to marijuana as the United States drug of choice. Around 91.8 million Americans aged 18 and above used prescription painkillers in 2014, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). That’s about 38% of the population.
Preventing Marijuana Use among Youth and Young Adults is a new release from the US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
It provides the latest facts about marijuana use in the United States and includes information about the negative physical, academic and social consequences associated with the drug.
Geraldine González Williman is an expert in the prevention and treatment of addictions of legal or illegal drugs. In this interview, details on the plans of action applicable to the Paraguay to combat a scourge that every day grows more.
How difficult it is, at present, prevent the use of illegal drugs in the Paraguay?
Line Up Live Up is a new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Trainer Manual prepared by Peer van der Kreeft of HoGent University College Ghent’s Department for Education, Health and Social Work.
Prevention of Substance Abuse by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is a report that draws on evidence-based research to assess substance use prevention interventions, in terms of their ability to effectively delay, reduce or prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal substances among children and young people.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood (2017) is a special volume that supplements the organisation’s Preventing Drug Abuse Among Children and Adolescents, released in 2003.
The latest report on the global tobacco epidemic from the World Health Organization (WHO) is now available to download.
The book “Tobacco Cessation Guidelines for High Risk Populations” is the main result of the TOB.g partnership, coordinated by the Hellenic Center for Disease Control & Prevention and consisted of four partners and specifically ENSP, CMT Prooptiki, Anlet Med. and TFRI Ireland.
Drug-related deaths are rising and are a major concern to councils and our health partners. Deaths have increased sharply over the past five years and are now at their highest levels since records began.
This Health Research Board document reviews evidence on the effectiveness of interventions in the areas of prevention, harm reduction and long-term recovery from addiction to illegal drugs.
It asks which interventions are effective for:
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Compilation of Evidence-Based Family Skills Training Programmes offers a treasure trove of information on such initiatives, answering key questions like:
This handbook provides guidance on using the web-based, multimedia tool 'Decisions in Recovery: Medications for Opioid Addiction'. This handbook and the web-based tool offer information about medication-assisted treatment.
Published by the Society for Prevention Research in 2011, Standards of Knowledge for the Science of Prevention is an important document for those working within substance use prevention.
Time for a résumé of the 2017 refresh of the Alcohol Treatment Matrix. Released fortnightly, the 25 cells and ‘bite’ commentaries cumulated to a course reflecting on the most significant research underpinning practice, leading you through seminal and key studies on brief alcohol interventions and the treatment of problem drinking.
A new report on alcohol-related deaths amongst heavy drinkers in Edinburgh and Glasgow has been released by SHAAP based on research funded by Alcohol Research UK and the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland).
This report was developed as part of an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) to examine prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who misuse opioids, have opioid use disorders (OUDs), and/or overdose on opioids.
There is no more important document for doctors treating problem drug use in the UK than the so-called ‘Orange guidelines’. This major update will substantially inform judgements of what constitutes acceptable medical practice - should orthodoxy be one of its pillars?
Illegal drug use trends among 16- to 59-year-olds in England and Wales are examined in a new UK Home Office release based on the findings from the 2016 – 2017 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).
The survey used a representative sample of household residents in England and Wales.
The release covers:
Time to consolidate the lessons of the course’s last five instalments about treatment intended to safeguard the community, the final row of the Alcohol Treatment Matrix. A common theme is the contradiction between treatment centred on the patient’s welfare, yet offered within a system which prioritises the wider community, and sees the patient essentially as a threat.
The publication Guidelines on Drug Prevention and Treatment for Girls and Women by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) discusses alcohol and drug use prevalence and trends among girls and women globally.
The document details key research on factors of vulnerability and resilience that are specific to girls and women.
The TREATNET Quality Standards are based on the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Principles of Drug Dependence Treatment and Care.
They represent a set of evidence-based standards for drug-dependence treatment.
Risky alcohol use, defined as any level of alcohol consumption which increases the risk of harm to oneself or others, is both a substance use disorder and medical issue. Recognized as one of the leading preventable causes of death, risky alcohol use leads to over 88,000 deaths each year in the United States. Among adults in the U.S., approximately 58% of men and 46% of women report drinking in the last 30 days.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) presents its Principles of Adolescent Drug Addiction Treatment.
The document focuses exclusively on the realities of substance use among youth (12 to 17 years).
Illegal substances, prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco are all covered, alongside the unique treatment needs of young people.
This guide presents information on raising children to be drug free.
Aim and data specification
This analysis was based on monthly data from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) from December 2005 to November 2016. NDTMS is taken to be a comprehensive description of drug treatment provision for this period.
Often called the Orange Book, this is guidance for clinicians treating people with drug problems.
This 2017 version offers new guidelines on:
Publishing Addiction Science is a comprehensive guide for addiction scientists facing the complex process of contributing to scholarly journals.