ISSUP Brazil Updates

ISSUP Brazil Launch

ISSUP Brazil

ISSUP Brazil was formally launched at the 5th Freemind International Congress that took place in São Paulo, Brazil from September 19 to 22, 2018. Around 1500 national and international experts in substance use prevention, treatment and recovery participated in lectures and panel discussions. ISSUP Brazil was born out of the perceived need to create a focal point that brings together the many institutions, practitioners and volunteers working very hard, but often remotely, in the drug demand reduction field across the country.

In partnership with Freemind Mobilization, the development of an ISSUP National Chapter has helped to create a network where individuals in Brazil, with extensive experience and expertise, can share ideas, research and evidence-based practice related to prevention, treatment and recovery services.

In addition, the development of ISSUP Brazil supports the professionalisation of services by holding annual and regional events and providing opportunities to deliver high quality training.

A United Board of Directors, formed by members of local organisations and institutions brought together by the National Chapter, represents Brazil on the national and international level, providing further opportunities to share ideas with like-minded professionals from around the world.

Click here to access updates about events and training opportunities, as well as any news related to ISSUP Brazil. 

Upon joining as a member, individuals will become a part of a welcoming network of professionals with a common goal. They will have access to the latest innovative research in the field of substance use prevention and treatment, as well as receive other benefits.

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5th Freemind International Congress brings together 1,500 people in Campos do Jordão

Consolidated as one of the largest drug addiction events in the world, the 5th Freemind International Congress gathered around 1,500 people between September 19-22, 2018. Important experts from Brazil and the world in drug prevention, treatment and recovery, participated in lectures and panels of enriching content, were 10 international and 70 national speakers.

The event discussed drug prevention based on science at the Convention Center, in Campos do Jordão, São Paulo, Brazil. At the opening of the Congress Frederico Guidoni Scaranello, mayor of Campos do Jordão, welcomed the attendees. "It is an honor to welcome you here today, this subject is of utmost importance to us," he said at the time.

1,200 people gathered for an opening and launching campaign of the ISSUP National Chapter in Brazil. Dr. João Luís Pinto Coelho Martins de Oliveira, Executive Secretary for Drug Policy in Brazil; Dr. João Paulo Becker Lotufo; Dr. Valentim Gentil; Luis Roberto Sdoia, president of the Padre Haroldo Institute Foundation; Dr. Mario Sergio Sobrinho, prosecutor of the MPSP; Dr. Fabio Rodrigues Franco Lima, promoter of Justice of São José dos Campos; Dr. Mariano Montenegro of Chile; Dr. Louis Ganem; Dr. Kimberly A. Johnson; Dr. Richard Gakunju, Dr. William Crano; Dr. José Angel Prado and Clemente Abella Jr. were also present. 

People also attended the Opening Lecture by Dr. Augusto Cury on "Emotional Education, a Fundamental Foundation in Prevention and a Challenge to Parents and Teachers". "To be happy is to leave the problems and become the author of their own history," Cury concluded, thrilled the participants.

During the 4 days of the event, congress participants were able to attend various lectures, such as: Prevention in Universities, Alcohol and Drug Concern in Public schools, Experience of habitual pregnant women, Spirituality, The truth about medical marijuana, Childhood prevention, chat with international speakers, Impact of drugs on the World Economy, Drugs and violence, and more. The auditorium of FEBRACT (Brazilian Federation of Therapeutic Communities) brought the theme of communities to the public and other professionals in the area.


Those who participated in the 5th Freemind Congress had the opportunity to attend activities and artistic interventions every day. The Company Ru'Art group thrilled everyone with a performance expressing the demons of a drug user from the perspective of young, peripheral and street. They carry out drug prevention work with children and adolescents in schools, something very important because many young people do not have access to culture and art. The CIDAH - Dom Adriano Hipólito Cultural Center, encouraged everyone with Batuca and the dance of the members. On the last day, the two groups came together and made an unforgettable performance.

The Congress in numbers:

  • 1,500 participants
  • 292 cities
  • 26 states
  • 70 national speakers
  • 10 international speakers
  • 25 exhibitors
  • 240 hours of International Training in Prevention
  • 29 hours of lectures
  • 47 hours of thematic panels
  • 20 hours of playful activities on prevention

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ISSUP Brazil finalizes the training of 70 multipliers of the Universal Prevention Curriculum

Professionals from all over Brazil met in Campos do Jordão, from September 17 to 21, 2018, for the second stage of the training of multipliers of the Universal Prevention Curriculum. There were 70 professionals linked to universities, public services in the areas of health, education, justice, security, social, as well as professionals and others related to the third sector, which were divided into 3 courses: SCHOOL-BASED PREVENTION, FAMILY-BASED PREVENTION and PREVENTION BASED ON THE MEDIA.

The training was only possible through the partnership between FREEMIND Mobilization, the Colombo Plan and the International Society of Substance Use Professionals  (ISSUP). The work of ISSUP in Brazil is coordinated by Freemind. 

The course includes the development of training skills, theoretical foundations, and evidence-based practical tools to develop, plan and implement prevention interventions in these 3 settings.

The course was developed by prevention experts from the Applied Prevention Science International (APSI), which was formed to help national and international policy makers and practitioners apply the science of prevention to address substance use and related issues within their communities.

The general objective of these courses is to assist in the development of prevention professionals so that they can implement the most effective and proven prevention interventions and policies.

After this training, under the coordination of ISSUP Brazil, professionals can multiply this knowledge and work in collaboration with national and international organizations to provide services to support the interface between science, policy and practice, including project development and coordination.

In addition to continuing education, this opportunity provided an environment of exchange and collaboration between professionals from various segments and areas of knowledge, with diverse experiences, but all linked in some way to initiatives to prevent and reduce the demand for drugs.


New prevention multipliers trained in São Paulo, Brazil



São Paulo, Brazil's largest city, hosted another ISSUP Workshop. The training took place from August 13 to 17, 2018 at the headquarters of Anhanguera University, one of the faculties of the Kroton Group of Education.

After a selection process, 77 professionals connected to the public and private services and of several areas of activity received the training of the first module of the Universal Prevention Curriculum.

This training is the result of a partnership between the FREEMIND Mobilization, the Colombo Plan and the International Society of Substances Use Professionals (ISSUP). The work of ISSUP in Brazil is coordinated by FREEMIND.

The course, "Introduction to the Prevention Science, lasted 40 hours and provides an overview of the science underlying evidence-based prevention interventions and strategies and the application of effective approaches to prevention practice. In addition to Prevention Science, the workshop also sought to develop skills and training techniques that are important traits for multipliers.

The course, which was developed by prevention experts, provided important information on what works with regard to substance use prevention, as guided by international standards of prevention. Concepts on epidemiology, vulnerability to the use of substances, risk factors and protection, environmental influences and the etiology model.

The general objective of these courses is to assist in the development of prevention professionals so that they can implement interventions and prevention policies that are more effective and proven by science.

This training, under the coordination of FREEMIND / ISSUP Brazil, was a mandatory step and essential requirement for the participation of the second stage that was held in Campos do Jordão in September of this year.

With the completion of this continuing education, many positive and promising expectations for Brazil arise in order to place its prevention interventions to a higher level of quality and impact. The goal of ISSUP Brazil is to train at least 10,000 professionals in Brazil within a period of one year.

Federal Government extends vacancies to host and care for people with substance use disorders

Number can exceed 28 thousand places per year

Ministry of Justice, Brasília, 09/10/18

President Michel Temer, followed by the Minister of Justice, Torquato Jardim, announced on Tuesday (October 9th) the expansion, in more than 50% of the number of vacancies paid by the Federal Government in therapeutic communities to receive people who need to move away from the environment in which the drug dependency was initiated and developed.

The accreditation notice, published in April by the National Secretariat for Drug Policy (SENAD) of the Ministry of Justice, in coordination with the Ministries of Health, Social Development and Labor, provided 6,000 vacancies, which were expanded to 9,395 vacancies. As on each vacancy there are, on average, three occupancy per year, reaching a total of more than 28 thousand subscriptions per year, exceeding the target set for the end of 2019. The resources for expanding the number of vacancies, totaling around R$ 90 million, come from the Ministries of Justice (R$ 40 million), Health (R$ 40 million), and Social Development (R $ 10 million).

"The host is aimed at the care, recovery and social reintegration of dependents, and occurs exclusively on a voluntary and transitional basis," explained Minister Torquato Jardim. The condition for the host is the prior realization of diagnostic evaluation, either by a private, public network doctor or by the hospitable entity. The host can extend for up to 12 consecutive or intercalated months, within 24 months.

Therapeutic Communities are institutions of voluntary acceptance to dependents of psychoactive substances. They are not part of the Brazil Health Care Public System, but are considered equipment of the supplementary network of attention, recovery and social reintegration of dependents.

To fill the vacancies, 412 Therapeutic Communities have already been accredited, out of a total of 614 who have registered. The entities underwent a qualification and prequalification process in which, among other issues, the documentation of financial and sanitary regularization, the therapeutic project, with anticipation of recreational activities and that promoted the internal development, the promotion of self-care and sociability, as well as training.

Each Therapeutic Community must maintain a multidisciplinary team with at least two professionals of different degrees in the humanities or health sciences with proven professional experience in the area of drug dependency.

The host can interrupt the reception at any moment and participates, together with the family, of the definition of his / her Single Plan of Attention. He is also guaranteed access to the media, family visits, the right to privacy, including clothing, and respect for religious orientation. Each reception or disconnection must be immediately communicated to National Secretariat on Drug Policies, (SENAD / MJ) and the other agencies involved.

The services will be provided through a contract signed by SENAD / MJ, in charge of monitoring and supervising the execution. The term is 12 months, renewable for equal periods, up to the limit of 60 months, subject to penalties in case of violation of any of its clauses.

The therapeutic communities are not allowed to:

  • Demand counterpart financial or counterpart of service of human care
  • Practice or permit restraint actions or physical medication, with or without effect on the freedom of the person receiving it
  • Subsequent to forced activities
  • Practice or allow corporal punishment.

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