State of the Nation

Published by
New Zealand Drug Foundation Report

The third edition of NZ Drug Foundation annual report on how New Zealand is dealing with alcohol and other drugs was published in December 2020.

The aim of State of the Nation is to provide a backdrop against which we can assess the impact of any policy changes. 

WHO Launches Year-long Campaign to Help 100 Million People Quit Tobacco

The World Health Organisation has launched a year long campaign to help people quit their tobacco use. As part of the campaign “Commit to Quit" the WHO have announced a new Quit Challenge on WhatsApp and have published “More than 100 reasons to quit tobacco". The WHO describe the campaign: “Commit to Quit” will help create healthier environments that are conducive to quitting tobacco by advocating for strong tobacco cessation policies; increasing access to cessation

Who Cares if They Die? They're Only Junkies.

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The number of drug-related deaths in the past year will soon be published. Catriona Matheson, Chair of the Drug Deaths Taskforce (DDTF), has suggested that the number of deaths of in 2019 will be higher than the unacceptable level of 2018.

Tobacco regulation in 2021: Changes following EU exit


This webinar, co-hosted by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), Fresh, and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), covers the immediate changes being made to the regulatory system in relation to tobacco products following the UK’s departure from the EU on December 31st 2020.

Domestic Violence, Substance Misuse and Mental Ill-health: The Toxic Trio

Skinner, G. C., Bywaters, P. W., Bilson, A., Duschinsky, R., Clements, K., & Hutchinson, D. (2020). The ‘Toxic Trio’(domestic violence, substance misuse and mental ill-health): how good is the evidence base?. Children and Youth Services Review, 105678.
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Within research examining adverse childhood experiences, the toxic trio describes the risk of child abuse and neglect stemming from a child’s exposure to domestic violence, parental mental health issues and/or learning disability, and  parental substance misuse. 

In this systematic review, researchers examine the evidence underpinning the ‘toxic trio’ in child safeguarding policy and practice.

New Online Trainings for Professionals Working in the Field of Substance Use Disorders

Created by
International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA)

In this video, Charlotte Sisson, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer within the Office of Global Programmes and Policy in the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, introduces the audience to the work of the INL, Colombo Plan and ISSUP.

Reconvened 63rd CND session


The reconvened sixty-third session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will be held from 2 to 4 December 2020 starting at 11 am and 3 pm at the Vienna International Centre, as well as via virtual platform. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions only members of the Commission may attend the meeting in person.