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Two new tobacco cessation medicines added to the WHO essential medicines list

Every two years, the World Health Organization (WHO) publishes its Model List of Essential Medicines (EML), a collection of medicines considered essential by WHO experts. The purpose of the list is to guide national authorities on the type of medicines that should be available in the country. On the 1st of October, the WHO introduced two new medicines classed as essential medicine for people who wish to stop using tobacco. Bupropion and varenicline are medicines

Scientific research and writing mentorship initiative towards diversity in research on alcohol control policies

The World Health Organization’s Less Alcohol Unit, Department of Health Promotion, the Alcohol Research Group, and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research are pleased to announce a new scientific research and writing mentorship initiative. The initiative aims to support early-stage researchers from low- and middle-income countries in their work to analyse, report and publish a study related to strengthening alcohol policies tackling the determinants driving the acceptability, availability and affordability of alcohol consumption

Tobacco Control in Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that one in five African adolescents use tobacco and predict a doubling of deaths related to tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries between 2002 and 2030. Here, you can find out more about policy and practice that countries are putting in place in an attempt to control tobacco use in Africa.

Identifying NGOs working on drug treatment in humanitarian settings

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and specifically the Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) are working on addressing substance use and substance use disorders in humanitarian settings. In this context, they are looking for civil society service providers offering drug use disorder treatment or prevention services to displaced populations or working in humanitarian settings, all over the world. Service providers with concrete practical experience will eventually be invited, jointly with humanitarian

INL's Webinar Week

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) presents the third annual event on partnering with the private sector to address the world drug problem. The private sector can play a major role in preventing and combating the manufacture, diversion, sale, and misuse of drugs and precursors by mobilizing its unique resources, technologies, and expertise. Throughout webinar week, INL will showcase the important role the private sector can play

Prof. Thomas Babor received an honorary degree from Charles University

Thomas F. Babor is a renowned researcher and professor of Public Health Studies at the University of Connecticut and author of more than 15 books and the editor of Publishing Addiction Science. In the late 1980s, Prof. Babor was one of the main scientists involved in the creation of AUDIT (an acronym he coined) – the international screening test for alcohol use which has had phenomenal success as an early warning system for growing alcohol

Call for Papers- African Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

The African Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (AJADA) invites researchers & scholars to contribute their original articles to a DIAMOND open-access, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal. Manuscripts are invited for submission in the following areas: Prevention and advocacy Policy, legal and enforcement Treatment and rehabilitation Research and training Partnership and community-based initiatives Once the manuscript is prepared in accordance with the guidelines, it should be submitted via email to submissions [dot] ajada [at] nacada [dot] go [dot] ke

Call for Papers- Dual Diagnosis in Older Adults

This new annual themed issue of Advances in Dual Diagnosis will focus on issues surrounding dual diagnosis in older adults in order to improve assessment intervention, treatment and care of older adults with dual diagnosis from both public health and clinical perspectives. Topics covered include (but are not limited to): Epidemiology and demography Prevention and early intervention Psychology Sociology, culture and ethnicity Physical health and frailty Treatment and recovery Expert opinion (commentaries, personal views from

Registration opens for European Drugs Winter and Summer Schools 2022

The EMCDDA and the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) are pleased to open registration for two upcoming joint events in 2022: the European Drugs Winter School (EDWS) and the European Drugs Summer School (EDSS) The two-week online Winter School (14th to 25th of February 2022) prepares professionals and students to meet the complex policy challenges that face Europe and the World in the field of drugs. Teaching staff includes scientific experts from the European Monitoring

Virtual training on UPC, M&S Series, Course 9 by SCT Malaysia

Supreme Training & Consultancy Malaysia approved Training Provider for The Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP), announces this international training on Course-9 Community-based Prevention Implementation Systems the Universal Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use Prevention (Managers and Supervisors Series). This course is part of a training series that was developed through funding from the US Department of State to the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP). The training will take place December 15th- 22nd. For registration

UTC 4A Training Report - September 2021

Supreme Training & Consultancy and The Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme are pleased to share this Training Report on Universal Treatment Curriculum 4A, psychoeducation for clients & Families. In order to endorse the evidence-based practices in the field of treatment & prevention in Malaysia, the Supreme Training & Consultancy, under the banner of Colombo Plan Drug Advisory programme (DAP), organised a virtual training for the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorder Course 4-A, Psychoeducation

Ecolink Alumnus host webinar on Integrating UTC into Clinical Practice

Ecolink Alumnus host webinar on “Integrating UTC into Clinical Practice” Ecolink UTC Alumni Association, a forum of addiction practitioners who did UTC course with Ecolink Institute in India have organized an international webinar on “Integrating Universal Treatment Curriculum into Clinical practice” on 2 October, 2021. The event, organized in collaboration with the ISSUP-India chapter was attended by 186 ISSUP members from around the globe and another 200 people on facebook live. Dr. Thirumagal V, the

Minority Fellowship Program

The NBCC Foundation and NAADAC are pleased to announce the 2022 application period for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC) is now open. This program is made possible by a grant awarded to the NBCC Foundation in collaboration with NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The program will administer up to 40 Master’s degree-level counseling fellowships of

Atelier de formation sur la prévention du VIH et la prise en charge chez les usagers de drogue (UD) au Togo.

Du O9 au 13 Août 2021, a eu lieu à Kpalimé /Hôtel IZE, un atelier de formation sur la prévention du VIH et la prise en charge chez les usagers de drogue (UD) au Togo. Cet atelier a connu l'intervention de quatre (4) facilitateurs venant du CNLS, PNLS et du CNAD. Les échanges entre acteurs et facilitateurs ont été très édifiants et à la fin de la formation chaque acteur a reçu une attestation de

SPR International Early Career Funding to attend EUSPR 2021 Conference online, 29/09/21-1/10/21

The SPR Board of Directors has allocated $3,000 in funds to support early-career prevention researchers to attend the EUSPR. The purpose of the travel funds is to enable ECPNers to attend EUSPR and network on behalf of SPR, especially with other early-career prevention researchers. In a “normal” year, the funds would be allocated to support the travel of two early-career prevention researchers to attend in person. However, for 2021, the funds will be used to

UNODC Trains Team of National Trainers from Kyrgyzstan within the Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders

The UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia supported a training of trainers (ToT) on the Course 11 “Enhancing Motivational Interviewing Skills”. This course is part of the Advanced Level of the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders (UTC training package) for national trainers from Kyrgyzstan which took place in person in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan on 13-17 September 2021. This training was organized within the framework of UNODC global project GLOJ71 “Treating drug dependence and

L'ONG Croix bleue du Togo offre une enveloppe financière à 21 conducteurs de taxi moto

Le mardi 14 septembre 2021 en présence des autorités administratives et locales de la commune du Golfe, l’Organisation non gouvernementale « Croix bleue » , initiateur du projet ''conduire sans tramadol et autres..c'est conduire en toute sécurité'' ;a octroyé une aide financière à des conducteurs de taxi moto de la ville de Lomé. « Cette remise de fonds se situe dans le cadre de la continuité des activités que nous sommes en train de mener

UNODC supports a Quality Assurance Training for Drug Use Disorder Treatment Services in Senegal

The UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) and the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section in Vienna (PTRS), organized from June 14th to June 18th, an online Quality Assurance training, benefitting 16 drug treatment and care services providers in Senegal. In 2016, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization launched the ‘International Standards of Treatment of Drug Use Disorders” at the United Nations Special Assembly Session on

Further Enhancing the Implementation of Quality Standards in Drug Demand Reduction Across Europe

The EU Strategy 2021-2025 puts further emphasis on QS and evidence-based interventions. Yet, the extent and ways in which QS are implemented in daily practices of drug prevention, treatment and harm reduction in the EU varies substantially. Some countries have successfully implemented QS. The general objective of this project is to enhance the implementation of QS in drug prevention, treatment and harm reduction throughout the EU, with more services, organizations and countries applying QS in

President Biden issues proclamation for overdose awareness week

President Biden issued the first ever Presidential Proclamation recognizing August 29, 2021 – September 4, 2021 as Overdose Awareness Week – a time to honor the lives lost to the overdose epidemic and recommit to both preventing overdoses and supporting individuals with substance use disorder. In the Proclamation, President Biden reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to implementing a strong response to the overdose epidemic and expanding access to evidence-based prevention, treatment and harm reduction efforts, reducing

Monitoring and evaluation for community based prevention systems

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are essential in strengthening Community-Based Prevention Implementation Systems, through this process organizations collect and analyze data, and determine if the Substance use prevention- intervention (EBIs) is attaining (has fulfilled) its desired goal. Monitoring begin right away from inception and extends through program or project life like process or outcome evaluation. “Evaluate what you want because what gets measured gets produced “said James Belasco. Every organization need to have monitoring and evaluation

Como os educadores avaliam a prevenção nos ambientes escolares

O Freemind há muitos anos vem priorizando a questão da prevenção ao uso de substâncias psicoativas, por entender que esse é o caminho para minimizar os problemas decorrentes desse uso e tem trabalhado com pais, educadores e profissionais da área para levar capacitação de qualidade, baseada em evidência científica para todo esse público. A cada dia que passa vemos que a idade de início da experimentação está menor, o que é um dado por si

Latin American Journal of Mental Health and Therapeutic Communities- Call for Papers

The Latin American Journal of Mental Health and Therapeutic Communities (RELASMECT) is an initiative that gather professionals from all over Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States, focused on the creation and dissemination of quality knowledge that can contribute to the improvement of prevention and treatment of addiction and other mental disorders. Mission Publishing scientific articles that contribute to share comprehensive information on Mental Health and Therapeutic Communities. Purpose Provide ways for socialization

Ecolink Institute opens Alumni Association of UTC students

Ecolink Institute opens Alumni Association of UTC students The students of the Universal Treatment Curriculum on Substance Use Disorder under the Ecolink Institute have opened an International Alumni Association to strengthen and promote evidence based practices in the field of SUD. The Ecolink-UTC Alumni association was formally inaugurated on 31 July by Ms. Shanthi Ranganathan, a veteran Indian social worker during the graduation ceremony of the 3rd batch of UTC students. Shanthi Ranganathan is the

Ecolink Institute successfully completes its 3rd Batch on UTC training

Ecolink Institute successfully completes its 3rd Batch on UTC training Mangalore: Ecolink Institute of Well-being, an India based training Institute who pioneered online live training of the Universal Treatment Curriculum successfully completed its 3rd international batch recently. Padmashree Shanthi Ranganathan, founder of TTK Hospital and an internationally known SUD activist chaired the closing ceremony and gave her closing remarks. She said it was an outstanding achievement for Ecolink to offer this training to students from

Recognising the human need for community in addiction treatment

Over the past two years, in an attempt to reduce the spread of coronavirus, countries around the world have imposed a range of restrictions and social distancing measures. For social scientists and practitioners, this has led to discussion around the importance of connectedness and what happens when physical contact with each other is limited. This article explores the impact for people who use substances, which includes a shift in drug markets, an increase in isolation