The WHO Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health claims that alcohol consumption contributes to more than 3 million deaths globally every year and is the seventh leading risk factor for premature death and disability.
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network has released a set of educational packages that can be used by professionals working with individuals with opioid disorders.
Online booklets, which have been specially designed for peer supporters, counsellors, and social workers, provide clear information and links to videos and additional resources.
A number of presentations from the 2018 NDARC Annual Research Symposium, which was held on Monday, 8 October 2018, have been made available.
The theme of the event was Clinical, community and policy responses to emerging problems in drug and alcohol use and the symposium's key topics included:
A recent video produced by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration highlights the harmful consequences of underage and excessive alcohol consumption, and provides evidence-based strategies that can be used in a university setting. The video follows the efforts of Frostburg State University Alcohol Task Force - a group established to reduce underage, harmful campus drinking.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released a new guide for journalists in the field of drug abuse and treatment. The purpose of this guide is to provide journalists with fast and user-friendly access to the latest scientific research and resources.
It is important that people wishing to access treatment for substance use disorder are informed about the quality of care they will receive.
Emergency departments are often the first point of contact for individuals who have overdosed or suffering from the effects of opioids. Despite the vital role practitioners within this service provide, there has been, up until now, little guidance as to how to open up a conversation with people about their addiction or supporting individuals to access the appropriate services.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has released a series of lesson plans and suggested activities that can be used within the classroom with teenagers. The aims of the lesson plans are to educate young people, in an engaging and fun way, about drugs.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has released a new resource for parents, teachers and other youth allies to help them prepare to have open, non-judgemental discussions with youths about cannabis.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction has released the revised Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines Communication Toolkit to promote healthy attitude towards alcohol consumption. The guidelines, which are particularly geared towards adults between the ages 25 and 65, are a key component of the National Alcoh
"Talk. They Hear You." App
Research shows that parents are the number one reason young people decide not to drink alcohol. This new App developed by SAMHSA features an interactive simulation that helps parents learn the do's and don'ts of talking to kids about underage drinking. The App includes:
Many of us are drawn to addiction work due to our history, family, and personal traits, such as compassion and empathy.
South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU) Alcohol Use and Other Drug Trends 2018 Update
The South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU) have produced a short report on alcohol and other drug trends for 2018.
SACENDU is operational in 9 South African provinces, monitoring trends in alcohol and other drug use (AOD) and treatment outcomes.
If you are searching for a simple format way to communicate the key issues around drugs then the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website may offer a multi-media solution.
A infographic resource from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) exploring the drug related death statistics relating to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids reported in the United States.
Every treatment involves direct or indirect human interaction, but this cell is about interventions in which interaction is the main ingredient, from mutual support groups through to professionally delivered psychological programmes. ‘Programmes’ is perhaps the wrong word though.
This user guide focuses on how comprehensive tobacco control programs can deliver effective health communications. Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2014 recommends mass-reach health communication interventions as powerful tools for preventing the initiation of tobacco use, promoting and facilitating cessation, and shaping social norms related to tobacco use.
Time to consolidate the lessons of the online course on drug treatment's last five instalments, all on medical treatment of drug dependence. Medications most clearly mark an intervention as ‘medical’, but are never all there is to treatment.
With legislation brought in on 1 May 2018 the Scottish Government has produced a resource offering Guidance on the Implementation of Minimum Pricing for Alcohol for sellers of alcohol and alcohol enforcement authorities in Scotland.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has released a resource focusing on substance use in ageing populations.
Key studies relating to the roles of medical interventions and treatment in medical settings in local, regional and national drug treatment systems.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, & Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (2018). After a suicide: A toolkit for schools (2nd ed.). Waltham, MA: Education Development Center.
Workforce competencies are technical and behavioural skills that enhance the performance of addictions professionals, allowing them to better meet the needs of their clients.
This guide, developed by and for persons working in member states of the Caribbean, presents a model set of indicators to countries desiring to standardize the way that they organize, collect, and report drug-related information for their DINs. The guide has a systematic layout and begins with an explanation of what a DIN is and provides some examples of DINs from various parts of the world.
Guidelines on the Management of Co-Occurring Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health Conditions in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Settings
First published in 2009 and updated in 2014 the Guidelines on the Management of Co-Occurring Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health Conditions in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Settings are offered in tandem with an online training programme.
Digital health information about the risks of drugs is available through the Australian Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) website. The searchable online database, Drug Facts, features information about a range of substances which may pose harm including controlled substances, those protected under religious rights, over the counter and prescription medications.
SAMHSA has launched the new Evidence Based Resource Center which will allow practitioners to find tools, manuals, clinical practice guidelines and science based-resources.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) has recently launched an engaging online resource on e-cigarettes. The free resource aims to offer parents and caregivers easily accessible information about e-cigarettes and other tobacco replacement products.
Research has shown that the problem of driving while impaired by drugs has become comparable in seriousness to alcohol-impaired driving. In order to inform driving school staff and young drivers about drug-impaired driving, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has created an engaging toolkit that provides evidence-based information.
The toolkit covers: