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International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP)

About ISSUP

We are an international network that unites, connects and shares knowledge across the substance use prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery support workforce. Our global mission is to make the work of our members as impactful, accessible and effective as possible. We do this by making it easier to discover and share evidence-based knowledge, best practice, training and networking opportunities.

37,858
members

Our Achievements

ISSUP membership

Over 37,000 members in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide

National Chapters

Over 37 National Chapters established

ISSUP events

More than 130 events organised with 33,000 attendees from over 150 countries and territories

ISSUP website

Our work seen by over 1.5 million website visitors

ISSUP Professional Development Hub

ISSUP members gaining credentials through a range of training opportunities

ISSUP Knowledge Share

Thousands of resources shared through the ISSUP Knowledge Share

In Focus

Strengthening Capacity

INEP Plus ISSUP

ISSUP is committed to strengthening substance use prevention practice globally. The INEP Plus course was developed by ISSUP to provide training of facilitators from its National Chapters who could then offer courses for beginners in prevention.

Advocacy

On 14th May ISSUP was proud to co-sponsor an event on Tackling the Emerging International Threat of Synthetic Drugs at the UK’s House of Lords with Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative (PTACC), The Forward Trust, The Nelson Trust and Druglink Ltd.

On 14th May 2024 ISSUP was proud to co-sponsor an event on Tackling the Emerging International Threat of Synthetic Drugs at the UK’s House of Lords with PTACC, The Forward Trust, The Nelson Trust and Druglink Ltd.

Prevention

Argentina

Our members work closely with partner organisations to promote uptake of evidence-based approaches to substance use prevention. In Argentina, ISSUP has been working with Obra Social Ferroviaria to develop a prevention programme.

Treatment

ISSUP Kenya

ISSUP Kenya are building capacity to support women in substance use treatment through a partnership with Women In Mental Health Interventions and Treatment (WIMIT).

Recovery Support

ISSUP Botswana

In Botswana, ISSUP has been reaching new audiences with the message that recovery is possible. The team used local media to spread the message that with adequate treatment and support people can embark on a journey of healing and transformation.

What our members say

Wendy Gaya ISSUP Kenya

I have found the network so valuable. Knowledge and networking that has helped me improve in my drug use prevention work. Thanks ISSUP!

Wendy Gaya, Kenya
Ali Adyb Maldives

The work ISSUP is doing to strengthen and help share best practices as well as experiences on demand reduction efforts through the world is amazing. I am honoured to be a part of this network.

Ali Adyb, Maldives