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.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

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

ATTC and SANCA National
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South Africa
South Africa

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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Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Co-hosted by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), this in-depth series discusses Addiction/Toxicology cases in an interactive fashion featuring experts from Addiction Medicine, the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Training Program,

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Videoconferencia Intervenciones exitosas para la atención a la salud mental y psicosocial a nivel mundial


Ponente: Dra. María Elena Medina Mora


22 de julio del 2020

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Virginia Department of Health

Listening and Strategic Discussion Series


Emerging Issues Around COVID-19 and Social Determinants of Health for the Substance Use Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Workforces.


The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, and the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Networkfacilitated a national online discussion and resource sharing opportunity in April and May 2020 for the substance use (SU) prevention, treatment, and recovery workforces focused on emerging issues around social determinants of health (SDH) and COVID-19.

The goal of the series is to engage diverse community voices and create space and structure to hear from these communities about the following issues:

  • How has COVID-19 further highlighted racial and ethnic disparities?
  • What is the impact on the communities and those with substance use disorder?
  • What is the impact on the SU prevention, treatment and recovery workforces?
  • What strategies and resources are needed to mitigate these impacts?

You can find recordings, slides and thematic reports from the sessions and discussions here.

CONVERSATIONAL Practices in the area of drug use in times of pandemic

CONVERSATIONAL Practices in the area of drug use in times of pandemic. July 6-14, exclusive activity for PARTNERS of ISSUP Chile
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Santiago de Chile

During the pandemic confinement, those working in substance use have had to look for the best way to deal with this period of uncertainty, rethinking, in many cases, new ways of continuing to support the people they work with.

In this context, the Chilean Chapter of ISSUP has set itself the challenge of collecting the work experiences of its members, through the methodology of conversations,whose final purpose is to generate content relevant to the experience of work and intervention in the context of the COVID 19 phenomenon.

This is an exclusive partner activity and we look forward to meeting to reflect on the challenges of this stage and the new responses generated. We have organized thematic conversations that will be held through the ZOOM platform between July 6 and 14.

Enter the topic link and choose the schedule that suits you, near the date you will receive the connection link. To encourage dialogue, each group will be moderated by a member of the Board and quotas are limited in each group.

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Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

In this edition of the Science Behind Addiction LIVE video series, 2020 Miss America Camille Schrier and NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow discuss COVID-19, the opioid crisis and drug safety.


UNODC Webinar: Drug Treatment, Care & Recovery for People, Families & Communities in the COVID-19 Crisis in Southeast Asia

UNODC Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS), in collaboration with the WHO, International Experts from Australia and Italy, the Colombo Plan, UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP) and field offices in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam), organized UNODC web seminar entitled “Drug Dependence Treatment, Care and Rehabilitation Support for People, Families, and Communities affected by Drug Use Disorders in the COVID19 Crisis in Southeast Asia” on 12 June 2020. The webinar was organized building on UNODC’s technical guidance document “UNODC Suggestions about Treatment, Care and Rehabilitation of People with Drug Use Disorders in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic”. Its major objectives included: 1) share useful guidance, information, materials in provision of drug treatment and rehabilitation services in the COVID19 crisis; 2) Discuss challenges on the ground among regional and national experts with support from international experts; and 3) Share good practices in adapting to COVID19 situation and preparedness. Overall, 72 policymakers and drug treatment experts from 8 Southeast Asian countries, such as Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, presented in this webinar.

The webinar was opened together by Ms. Giovanna Campello, Chief of PTRS UNODC Vienna, Ms. Karen Peters, Programme Officer UNODC ROSEAP, Dr. Carrina Ferreira-Borges, Programme Manager, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Ms. Nathalie Panabokke, Deputy Director, Drug Advisory Programme of the Colombo Plan. As Keynote presentations, Ms. Anja Busse, Programme Officer PTRS, provided an overview of the UNODC’s suggestions for treatment, Care and Rehabilitation; Dr. Carina Ferreira-Borges, WHO European Office, briefed the WHO interim guidance document “Preparedness, Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention”; Dr. Nicolas Clark (Australia), Director of Victoria medically supervised injecting center and Dr. Giuseppe Carra (Italy), Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Milano Bicocca shared their practices and lessons learned in their clinical service provision from their frontline drug treatment experiences in the COVID-19 context. After these presentations, the participants exchanged ideas and discussed challenges to ensure the provision of drug treatment and rehabilitation services in this challenging time. The webinar concluded with the commitment to further collaboration and mutual support among participants.


UNODC suggestions for Drug Treatment and Care in COVID-19 for SEA

EMCDDA webinar: COVID-19 and drug policy

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Background: this is the 6th EMCDDA webinar on the Coronavirus. It will be exploring with the help of three experts from Northern, Central, Southern European EU countries (Finland, Greece and The Netherlands) whether the COVID-19 related emergency is having or is going to have any impact on Drugs Policy.

Speakers: Speakers are Horizontal Drugs Group members with policy responsibility is their respective national administration.

  • Elina Kotorvita, Ministerial Adviser Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland;
  • Gerasimos Papanastasatos, Office of the National Drug Coordinator of Greece;
  • Victor Sannes, National Drug Coordinator Deputy Director of Nutrition, Health Protection and Prevention Department Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands

Format: EMCDDA Director opening remarks, panelists questions guided discussion, Q&A from attendees.

Questions will be:

  • Main question 1) Could you describe how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected different aspects of drug policy in your country?
  • Main question 2) To what extent do you think the changes observed in different aspects of drug policy will remain in place in the medium-term or if the pandemic ends?
  • Main question 3) How do you think drug problems will evolve in the next year or two?

Date and time: 7 July 12.00-13.30 (WET/Lisbon) 13.00-14.30 (CET/Brussels)

26th June International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking, 2020

To commemorate 26th June International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking, 2020 ISSUP Pakistan and Youth Forum Pakistan (For Substance Use Prevention) arranged a zoom meeting with ISSUP Members and Youth Forum Pakistan’s Team Sialkot which was hosted by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Member President M A Jinnah Foundation (Regd) and recorded and video messages for youth and the general public to create awareness about substance use disorders.

26th June International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking, 2020
Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Videoconferencia Trastornos por consumo de sustancias


Ponente: Dr. Gady Zabicky

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

UNODC Mentor initiated webinar held on 24 June 2020 in Uzbekistan. 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.

In his presentation Mentor outlined increasing challenges for treatment and care during COVID-19, UNODC suggestions about treatment, care and rehabilitation of people with drug use disorders in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, monitoring COVID-19 impact and ensuring continuum of treatment  services during COVID-19. 

Second presentation made by Mr. Andrey Mokiy, Leading Specialist of the National Information-Analytical Center on Drug Control under the Cabinet of Ministries of the Republic of Uzbekistan was devoted to the dynamics of the drug situation in the West Europe and Central Asia as well as  development of drug sells through Internet in the region during COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants also discussed experience of adaptation of the forms and methods of providing drug dependence treatment and care services to the new conditions. Results of providing remote counselling, initiated by the team of national UTC trainers, were presented.

A total of 50 health care providers and representatives of NGOs 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”

Webinar session
Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Join the Action Collaborative on Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities in a webinar featuring Dr. Cathy Baase, board chair of the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Rebecca Bentley from Dow, J.J.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Dra. María Elena Medina-Mora Icaza, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)