ISSUP plays a unique role within the substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support fields by providing a focal point for information and access to professional development opportunities.
Its establishment has only been possible, and its role and sustainability will only be possible, through the collaboration and support provided by the major international agencies working in the drugs field. In particular, ISSUP had been able to implement its activities in consultation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the African Union. These organisations have now become International Observers to ISSUPs Board of Directors.
Other major regional and national country agencies have also played a significant role in supporting the establishment of ISSUP. These include the European Drug Monitoring Centre (EMCDDA), the Canadian Centre of Drug Abuse (CCSA), the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) and Applied Prevention Science International (APSI).
Fundamental to ISSUP’s establishment and development have been the Colombo Plan and its Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) who have been the originator and major funder of the initiative.
The following provides a brief introduction to each of these organisations.
INL works to keep Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. INL helps countries deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police,…
The International Technology Transfer Center (ITTC) Network for Drug Demand Reduction develops and strengthens the workforce, organizations, and systems that provide substance use prevention,…
Cooperation Programme between Latin America, Caribbean and the European Union on Drugs Policies (COPOLAD)
COPOLAD (Cooperation Programme between Latin America, Caribbean and the European Union on Drugs Policies) is a partnership cooperation programme aiming to improve the coherence, balance and impact…
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) was established in 1993. Inaugurated in Lisbon in 1995, it is one of the EU’s decentralised agencies. The EMCDDA exists to…
Establishing and increasing professionalism in the fields of substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery support is similar to other health fields of practice. It requires standards,…
The International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) was established in 2016 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation in March, 2018. The goal of ICUDDR is to…