Stigma is a complex construct that is present within societies at different levels. The impact of stigma can severely damage individuals and communities. People who use substances are often on the receiving end of stigmatising attitudes and discrimination from different sources ranging from the general public to healthcare professionals and politicians.
While the National BBV/STI Strategies have emphasised the importance of stigma for people who inject drugs.
However, until recently there has not been a system to measure and report on the experience of stigma.
This webinar explored how COVID-19 pandemic impacted mental health and substance use in young people.
It also discussed the challenges that youth continue to face during the pandemic and how youth allies, including educators, parents, and counselors, can provide support.
This webinar explored how the measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have created challenges for those seeking care. It explored the inequity that exists in access to services, and the opportunities for innovative solutions to support Canadians during a time when we are seeing a growing number report worsening mental health and increased substance use.
This resource presents five concepts critical to understanding adverse childhood experiences and their impact on brain development and health.
The concepts are part of the Brain Story and include:
- brain architecture
- serve-and-return interactions
- toxic stress,
- air traffic control (executive function)
This resource is intended for commercial printing.
Stigma is a significant barrier to wellness and good health for people who use substances.
The goal of this primer is to facilitate conversations and increase awareness of the stigma surrounding people who use substances, their support networks, and service providers in the community.
The publication was developed in partnership with the Community Addictions Peer Support Association.
The Effectiveness Bank features a collection essays written by Drug and Alcohol Findings explaining the background and evidence relating to topics which sometimes prompt heated debate.
Interested in prevention work in particular? Drug and Alcohol Findings have published four essays describing interventions intended to prevent or delay the initiation of substance use or progression to more frequent, regular or harmful use.
In 2017, a major alliance was generated between the School of Medicine of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the Paréntesis Foundation which was funded by the FONDECYT Project No. 11170834: "Development and Evaluation of a Parenting Intervention to Reduce Youth Alcohol and Tobacco Use".
Since coming on the market over a decade ago, e-cigarettes have divided opinion. A team of Oxford researchers are searching for new e-cigarette studies every month.
In this podcast, Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce and Dr Nicola Lindson talk about what has been found, and how this changes what we know about e-cigarettes.
Non-viral injecting related injuries and diseases, such as skin and soft tissue infections and blood clots, are incredibly common among people who inject illicit drugs.
Unfortunately, treatment for these harms is often postponed or neglected, leading to worse prognosis and disability.
Registration Open For FREE Virtual Summit: Reframing Global Prevention Practices and Policies During COVID 19
Join us for this free virtual summit featuring Ms. Giovanna Campello, Chief, UNODC Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, and Dr. Robert DuPont, President, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. and First Director, U.S.
Project Goals and Objectives:
The STOP survey has a long-term aim to provide objective, regular and timely information on tobacco users of Pakistan to help key policy decisions. Its specific objectives for 2019/2020 are to assess the:
New study sheds light on COVID-19 vaccine readiness among individuals with substance use disorder (SUD). In a small sample of individuals with SUD, some are hesitant to receive the vaccine out of fear of injection triggers.
The holidays may be especially tough this year for a lot of people during the pandemic. Many people in recovery may have a setback and use substances increasing their risk for self-harm. Reach out and #BeThe1To to help someone in emotional pain. We can all take action and make an impact on someone’s life.
The Drink Wise, Age Well programme supported people to make healthier choices about alcohol as they age.
The programme was designed to change attitudes, combat stigma and reduce alcohol harm in the over 50s so they can live longer, healthier lives.
To achieve this, the programme focused on four outcomes:
Dr Liviu Alexandrescu Lecturer in Criminology School of History, Philosophy and Culture – Oxford Brookes University
Presentation title: Drug/dependency stigma and marginality: some reflections on the political economy of blame.
Dr James Morris Research Fellow London South Bank University
Listen First is a UNODC initiative to support happy, healthy and happy family relationships.
This video demonstrates how patience makes children feel cared for and loved and is key in creating meaningful relationships and good communication.
Science proves that the less punishing the parental style, the better for the child.
Hendree Jones, Professor UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Executive Director UNC Horizons presents on work developed in summer 2020 regarding helping parents cope.
Policy Change to Support Development of Academic Program in Addiction Studies, and Enhance Addiction
The MCA Alcohol and Covid Free Webinar took place at 12.30pm on Wednesday 11 November 2020 in the UK.
The next MCA Annual Symposium is on the theme of 'Interventions & Recovery' on 17 November 2021 at the British Medical Association, London.
Our recently released short video, The Impact of Drugs in the Workplace, is now available in Spanish!
Our recently released The Environmental Impact of Drugs... Know the Truth short animated video is now available in Spanish!
Our recently released Protective Factors video is now available in Spanish!
Our new Alternatives to Incarceration short video is now available in Spanish!
Policies that allow for alternatives to incarceration are a way to link individuals with substance use disorders to supportive treatment and social services. This proven approach increases the number of people in long term recovery and keeps families together, while reducing crime and recidivism. Check out the video and share with policy makers and on social media to raise awareness on alternatives to incarceration.
UNODC’ data portal, dataUNODC allows users to find all its data on drugs and crime.
Information is grouped under the following headings:
The fight against COVID-19 continues throughout the U.S., increasing stress and anguish among vulnerable populations struggling with substance use. Among those vulnerable populations, pregnant women present major concerns as they face an increase in adversity during the wake of the global pandemic.