To all our ISSUP members, we are wishing you well during these challenging times. We understand that the current environment makes the wonderful work you are doing even harder.

UNODC Supports National Partners in Kazakhstan in Ensuring the Continuity and Sustainability of Treatment, Care and Rehabilitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic for People who Use Drugs

UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia and UNODC PTRS in collaboration with the Republican Scientific and Practical Centre on Mental Health of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan held national webinar on 25 September   2020. The purpose of the webinar was to create a forum for national experts to share valuable international experience on how to ensure the continuity and sustainability of drug dependence treatment, HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for people who use drugs and how to implement evidence-based policies that ensure access to effective drug dependence treatment and HIV programmes for people who use drugs.

Work of the webinar was focused on presentation and discussion of the following topics:

  • Overview of the UNODC World Drug Report 2020
  • Results of a rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on drug use and services for people who use drugs in Central Asia
  • Research findings on the impact of COVID-19 on the Internet trade of psychoactive substances in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Results of the pilot study of the epidemiological situation associated with the use of new psychoactive substances in Kazakhstan

Participants also shared experiences of adaptation of the forms and methods of providing drug dependence treatment and care services to the new conditions.

A total of 68 national addiction professionals involved in drug dependence treatment, HIV prevention, care and support services to people who use drugs were reported to attend the webinar and they expressed high interest to continue the work of the forum.

The activity was conducted within the framework of the UNODC global project GLOJ71: “Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet II”


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Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr.

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Dr. Gerardo Méndez Alonzo. Médico Psiquiatra. Alta Especialidad en Trastornos del Dormir. Miembro Activo de APM

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As you all know, the current COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected various populations globally. The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) believes that the impact of this pandemic on people struggling with Substance Use Disorders could not be overlooked.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Substance Use

CCSA is the go-to place in Canada for trusted information on COVID-19 and substance use.

In response to threat posed by COVID- 19, they have put together a collection of resources from websites and organizations from around the world.

Their subject-matter experts have gathered this material from sources they believe are trustworthy and credible. They have reviewed it against a set of criteria that includes alignment with evidence.

To make it easy for you to navigate through this information, they have divided it into four major categories:

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Substance Use Disorders and COVID-19: Multi-Faceted Problems Which Require Multi-Pronged Solutions

Persistent use of alcohol, cannabis, nicotine, opioids and stimulants increase risk of substance use disorders (SUDs).  SUDs are increasingly viewed as biopsychosocial disorders with multiple risk factors interacting at individual and contextual levels with multiple health consequences. People who use alcohol and other drugs chronically frequently have co-morbid health conditions (e.g.,chronic and acute medical conditions, and psychiatric disorders) and environmental challenges (e.g., housing instability, unemployment, criminal justice involvement).

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on substance use: Implications for prevention and treatment


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought major challenges to healthcare systems and public health policies globally, as it requires novel treatment and prevention strategies to adapt for the impact of the pandemic. Individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) are at risk population for contamination due to multiple factors—attributable to their clinical, psychological and psychosocial conditions.

Moreover, social and economic changes caused by the pandemic, along with the traditional difficulties regarding treatment access and adherence—will certainly worsen during this period, therefore aggravate their condition. In addition, this population are potential vectors of transmission.

In that sense, specific strategies for prevention and treatment must be discussed. health care professionals dealing with SUD must be aware of the risks and challenges they will meet during and after the COVID-19 outbreak. Addiction care must be reinforced, instead of postponed, in order to avoid complications of both SUD and COVID-19 and to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.

COVID-19 and Alcohol


How much are people drinking while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are Canadians drinking more alcohol than usual and, if so, are they doing it more often? This webinar explored alcohol use during the pandemic, drawing on the results of a survey and polls commissioned by CCSA in spring 2020. The presentation highlighted resources to assist in reducing risks related to alcohol use during COVID-19.


Dr Catherine Paradis, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Dr Bryce Barker, Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

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Ponentes: Dra. Silvia Morales Chaine (Facultad de Psicología, UNAM) y Dra. Rebeca Robles García (Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría "Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz")

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Organización Panamericana de la Salud


Facebook Live: Pregunte al experto: Consumo de tabaco y COVID-19

Impact of pandemic on Addiction Treatment Centers in Latin America

Preliminary report of the study "Overall impact of the pandemic in the Addiction Treatment Centers of Latin America", which aims to explain the overall impact of pandemic and isolation measures in treatment centers, identify changes in demand for treatment and consumption profiles identified by institutions and, finally, systematize the main measures taken by institutions to address this context.

The study was carried out with a multicenter project. The multicenter model will be supported by each of the national chapters of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico)

The selection of treatment centers was made by means of the snowball technique within each chapter, with the questionnaire answering a total of 52 Treatment Centers.

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La Dra. Guadalupe Ponciano, desde la Facultad de Medicina de la UNAM, nos comenta sobre estas situaciones durante la pandemia por COVID-19.

The Prevention Professionals’ Primer on Media Literacy


Youth and young adults are bombarded with media depicting substances in a positive light, increasing the likelihood that they will use alcohol and other drugs.

Building skills in youth and young adults to critically analyse media messages may help reduce the impact of the pro-substance messages on youth and young adults.

This primer will provide a basic overview of media literacy that provides prevention professionals with an overview of what media literacy is and ideas for incorporating it into prevention work.

COVID-19 and the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: International and Local Perspectives

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COVID-19, along with the associated restrictions, has and continues to impact on the access to and provision of health care services. This talk hones in on the impact of services for substance use disorders, presenting new insights arising from current research. Hosted by the South Africa HIV Addiciton Technology Transfer Centre (UCT Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health), and SANCA National.

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