GDS 2019 — Key Findings Report

The Global Drug Survey is the Worlds is the worlds largest drug survey. The aim of the GDS is to support communities to have honest and evidence-informed conversations about drugs.

Using anonymous online research methods Global Drug Survey runs an annual survey in 10 languages, which is hosted by partners in over 20 countries.

Survey findings are frank, honest, and revealing and provide a unique insight into personal decision-making about drug use. GDS explores the positives and negatives of drug use and detects new drugs trends as soon as they appear.

15th UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting

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United Kingdom

The UK Society for Behaviour Medicine invites all behavioural and public health researchers, clinical practitioners, epidemiologists, health and clinical psychologists, medical sociologists, health economists, nurses, pharmacists and all other colleagues interested in the field of behavioural medicine to participate in the two day meeting from Thursday 16th January - Friday 17th January 2020.

The society is running an open call for contributions from all areas of behavioural medicine, and would particularly welcome the submission of abstracts and symposia that reflect the broad focus of contemporary research in Behavioural Medicine. These may include, but are not limited to;

  • Promoting health behaviour change (physical activity, diet, and alcohol, tobacco and other substance use)
  • Applications of behaviour change theory
  • Healthy ageing
  • Transport, pollution and health
  • Systems approaches to obesity and non-communicable diseases
  • The role of industry in health and health services
  • Evaluating complex interventions
  • Addressing health inequalities through Behavioural Medicine

Rethinking Addiction


Addiction is a complex and challenging condition with many contributing factors. Although addictive behaviors appear to be individual choices, behavior alterations cannot be addressed successfully without considering characteristics of the physical and social environments in which individuals live, work, and play. Exposure to chronic psychosocial stressors and the physiological response of individuals to their external environment activates the brain’s neuroendocrine hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, with profound conditioning effects on behavior. This brief synopsis describes the social determinants of health; examines the interconnectedness of the psychosocial environment, behavior, and subsequent health outcomes; discusses the environment’s critical influence on brain plasticity, adaptation and functioning; and explores additional factors that complicate adolescent addiction. Because the environment is both a determinant of behavior and an opportunity for intervention, in the context of addictions, it is important to incorporate these factors in the analysis of risk and design of early interventions for prevention and amelioration of addiction.

The Tobacco Atlas

Tobacco contributes to the death of millions each year and is one of the leading global health burdens. We have developed means of reducing the harm caused by tobacco use at every stage of the tobacco product's existence.

The Tobacco Atlas is a resource to help us understand the full implications of tobacco use and the solutions that can help to resolve the problem.

As well as providing you with an overview of the trends and figures per country, the Tobacco Atlas covers featured topics such as:

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Annual Research

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The 2019 NDARC Annual Research Symposium is being held on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at the John Niland Scientia Conference and Events Centre, UNSW Sydney.


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Known as the “African CROI” the INTEREST Conference brings together scientists involved in HIV treatment, pathogenesis, and prevention research in Africa to share pivotal findings, promote collaboration, and transfer experiences across several fields and many continents.

The conference will showcase cutting-edge knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV and the prevention of the HIV-1 infection. 

Additionally, it will continue to foster building a community of African physicians and scientists to facilitate the implementation of local solutions for the management of patients living with HIV-1 infection and for the prevention of HIV transmission. 

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Air Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019




James N. Hall Epidemiologist Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities Nova Southeastern University


Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection and the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention discussed the United States opioid crisis on March 27, 2019.

Webinar: How Do Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Affect Young People?

This webinar will present an update on research into co-occurring mental and substance use disorders among young people in Australia.

It will ask:

  • how many young people experience co-occurring mental and substance use disorders?
  • What is the impact?
  • And what are the implications for research, prevention and treatment?

It will include a discussion of some recent trends in drug and alcohol use among young Australians, changing gender patterns across the world, and will raise some questions for future directions in research and prevention of mental and substance use disorders.

This webinar will draw on the latest research to provide a big picture view of the changing landscape of mental and substance use disorders in Australia and what it means for young people. 

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about patterns of co-occurring mental and substance use disorders among young people in Australia
  2. Explore how these patterns are changing
  3. Discuss the implications for research, prevention and treatment

South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy 2019

Release, the UK’s centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law, is proud to invite applications to the 2019 South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy. Fellows will be hosted at Release in London, UK. 

This program supports those working in sectors related to drug policy in order to increase their understanding of international drug policy reform issues, to improve their advocacy skills, and to enhance their capacity in working with the media on drug policy.

The fellowship seeks to increase the capacity of emerging and new leaders in drug policy in the Asian region, including people not necessarily working full-time on drug-related issues. 

Release are particularly interested in applicants from Myanmar, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Prospective candidates from Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos are also encouraged to apply.

The program includes the following topics:

  • Global overview of drug policy reform
  • Overarching issues relevant to drug policy
  • The international drug control system
  • Overview of international human rights in the context of drug policy
  • Drug policy developments in Asia
  • Effective campaigning
  • Media and public engagement


Applications close: 26 April 2019.

Course: Two-week program in London will take place from 11 August - 23 August 2019.

Alcohol and Older People

As we get older, our bodies change. This influences how sensitive we are to the influence of alcohol.

Alcohol consumption and related harm has increased amongst Sweden’s elderly in recent years.

The Swedish Society of Medicine, the Swedish Society of Nursing and IOGT-NTO have come together to produce a report on the elderly’s increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol which, in combination with the ageing process, may increase the risk of disease and accidents, even at relatively low consumption levels.

The publication includes information about the ageing process and the ways in which it increases our vulnerability to disease and acute and chronic harm.  

As well as providing an overview of the current situation in Sweden, the publication explores the role of alcohol policies and recommended guidelines.

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco - Europe Conference

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On 12-14th September 2019, the 19th SRNT Europe conference will be held in Oslo, Norway.

The conference will be centred around the theme of ‘Tobacco use in clinical practice and populations’, and will cover the great breadth of tobacco and nicotine research in the following topics:

· Pre-clinical/basic science

· Clinical

· Epidemiology/ Public health

· Policy

SRNT Europe encourages submission of abstracts describing research results related to nicotine and tobacco.

Drug Use In Nigeria

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA) have conducted the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in Nigeria. The aim of the project is to understand drug production, trafficking and use in Nigeria and improve access to evidence based drug prevention, treatment and recovery services.

The report is split in to three components:

  • The National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health 
  • The National Survey on Problem Drug Use 
  • Key Informant Survey 

The publication includes information on patterns of drug use in Nigeria,the socio-demographic characteristics of drug users, their living conditions and other information such as gender, age, marital status, education and employment status. There is also information regarding the consequence of drug use in Nigeria and the policies currently in place to tackle the issues within the country.