Drug Demand Reduction

Availability of science-based treatment improving, says 2021 World Drug Report

Around 275 million people used drugs worldwide in the last year, while over 36 million people suffered from drug use disorders, according to the 2021 World Drug Report, released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

‘Ten Years Later’ – Developing Institutional Mechanisms for Drug Demand Reduction and Addictology Education in Georgia – A Case Study

Javakhishvili, J. D., Kirtadze, I., & Otiashvili, D. (2022). ‘Ten years later’ – Developing institutional mechanisms for drug demand reduction and addictology education in Georgia – A case study. Adiktologie, 22(1), 35–46. https://doi.org/10.35198/01-2022-001-0005
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During the last ten years, Georgia made several important accomplishments in responding to the country’s drug problem. Specifically, in 2011, an interagency national drug coordinating body was established within the Ministry of Justice; in 2015, the multidisciplinary Addiction Studies MA Program was initiated within Ilia State University; and in 2019, the National Drug Observatory (NDO) was founded.


Jamaica to update national drug policy

From the Jamaica Observer, Monday 20th June, 2022 KINGSTON, Jamaica — National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, says the Government is taking the necessary steps to implement an updated National Policy and Plan of Action for Drug Control. “This updated National Drug Plan will provide the framework for all counter drug activities. These include institutional strengthening, demand and supply reduction, international cooperation and overall control measures,” Chang outlined. He was speaking at the recent two-day

UNODC promotes the dialogue on drug demand reduction across Central Asia at ISSUP Abu Dhabi 2022 Conference

Within the framework of UNODC global project GLOJ71”Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet II” UNODC ROCA in collaboration with Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) HQ supported participation of 19 members of country delegations from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the work of Conference “Uniting the global community to face the challenge of addiction” organized by International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) held 11-16 May 2022 in Aby-Dhabi, UAE. The main

White House Releases 2022 National Drug Control Strategy that Outlines Comprehensive Path Forward to Address Addiction and the Overdose Epidemic

Today, President Biden sent his Administration’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy to Congress at a time when drug overdoses have taken a heartbreaking toll, claiming 106,854 lives in the most recent 12-month period. The Strategy delivers on the call to action in President Biden’s Unity Agenda through a whole-of-government approach to beat the overdose epidemic. The Strategy focuses on two critical drivers of the epidemic: untreated addiction and drug trafficking. It instructs federal agencies to

The first cohort of Botswana trained Addiction Professionals

On the 15th February 2018 Botswana held a graduation ceremony for the first cohort of locally trained Internationally Certified Addiction Professionals (ICAP) in the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC). The event was officiated by the then Minister of Health and Wellness Honourable Dorcas Makgatho,  and graced by the United States of America Ambassador to Botswana, His Excellency Earl Miller as well as other delegates from both the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and the United States Embassy.

Apply for the Colombo Plan Fellowship Programme

Are you a professional working in drug demand reduction? Would you like to gain experience in the field or advance through continuing education? The Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (CPDAP), with funding from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), is supporting a Fellowship Program with the goal of expanding professionals in the field of drug demand reduction globally.

BAAP, A Step Up in Evidence Based Practice

The other day I had a conversation with a colleague over engagement of former drug users in drug demand reduction (DDR). My submission was that such practice, even though done by many, is not evidence based as no study whatsoever has affirmed the success of such practice. A program that works for DDR is the one that uses interactive methods, have weekly structured sessions and is delivered by a trained professional and/or peer!