ITTC South Africa Online (Live) SBIRT Training 5 CPD Points June-July 2023

This free training on Screening Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for harmful substance use takes place weekly on Thursdays from 12 noon till 1pm SAST on the following dates: 22 and 29 June & 6, 13, and 20 July 2023. Register at this link: We address use of validated screening tools (AUDIT, DUDIT and ASSIST) and brief intervention strategies as an approach to identifying and modifying harmful patterns of substance use. Please

24th Congress of the Spanish Society of Dual Disorders

The Spanish Society of Dual Disorders held its 24th Congress, both in an in-person modality in the city of Madrid, Spain, and with a virtual platform that allowed this knowledge exchange to reach a greater number of people around the world. The Congress was entitled “Vulnerability from Neurosciences to Health” and its objective was to highlight the relationship between addictions and other mental disorders, through a scientific program that included a biological, psychological and social

«НАВЧЕТНА: нова свідомість про життєві навички та антинаркотичну освіту для школярів».

ISSUP India у співпраці з Міністерством освіти (МОН) та Міністерством соціальної справедливості та розширення прав і можливостей (MSJE) уряду Індії розробили ресурсний модуль для тренерів вчителів під назвою «NAVCHETNA: нова свідомість щодо життєвих навичок та антинаркотичної освіти для школярів». Модуль NAVCHETNA був офіційно запущений 30 липня 2022 року в Чандігарху міністром внутрішніх справ Почесного союзу Шрі. Аміт Шах. Модуль NAVCHETNA буде реалізовуватися підготовленими вчителями в школах в рамках ініціативи «Наша Мукт Бхарат Абхіян» для підвищення

Вебінар з профілактики наркоманії для молоді

Міжнародне товариство професіоналів із вживання психоактивних речовин (ISSUP) Індонезія та Індонезійський міжнародний навчальний та лікувальний центр (ITTC) разом провели другий вебінар на тему «Профілактика залежності для молоді» у неділю, 21 травня 2023 року. Цілі вебінару включали сприяння співпраці між професіоналами галузі та навчання молоді про залежність. На заході виступили три відомі спікери, які є експертами в області профілактики залежностей. Студенти проти деструктивних рішень (American SADD) Луї Пратт і Лорен Циммерман-Мід виступили з презентацією під назвою

The Role of Parents in Preventing Substance and Behavioral Addiction

The webinar prevention series on the role of parents in preventing substance and behavioral addiction, organized by ISSUP Indonesia and ITTC Indonesia, took place on Sunday, 16 April 2023, from 10.00-12.00 PM (GMT+7). The primary objectives of this webinar were to raise awareness about addiction and provide knowledge on prevention strategies, mainly targeting Generation Z. The webinar attracted a significant number of professionals from various backgrounds, including medical doctors, nurses, social workers, addiction counselors, students

Indonesia's INEP Plus Online Training

ISSUP Indonesia organized the Introduction to Evidence-Based Prevention (INEP) Online Course as a national-level training in Indonesia with 17 participants. The training, conducted by Dr.dr. Kristiana Siste, SpKJ, and Dr. Elvina K. Sahusilawane, SpKJ, aimed to provide participants with an introduction to the foundations of prevention science and evidence-based prevention practices. The course was divided into six modules covering a range of topics such as program planning and evaluation, prevention science, risk and protective factors

World No Tobacco Smoking Day- Visit at ANF by The University of Lahore Students

On May 31, 2023, on the occasion of World No Tobacco Smoking Day, a visit was organized at Regional Directorate Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Punjab, Lahore Office to meet newly appointed Director Commander Raja Tarqi Kiyani to discuss their services about Drug Demand Reduction with the invitation from Assistant Director Maria Ali. Dr. Nazish Idrees, Assistant Professor, Lahore School of Behavioural Sciences (LSBS) led a group of 30 students from Allied Health Sciences and Clinical

Training of Master Trainers on the "NAVCHETNA" module

ISSUP India chapter in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJE), Government of India developed a teacher trainer resource module called "NAVCHETNA: A new Consciousness on Life Skills and Drug Education for School Children." The NAVCHETNA Module was officially launched on July 30th, 2022, in Chandigarh, in the presence of the Hon'ble Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah, Government of India. As part of the Nasha Mukt

Treatment for drug and alcohol misuse should involve families and communities

Alcohol and other drug treatment are generally only provided for individuals, often away from their families. Treatment aims to improve well-being and reduce the harms of substance use and families and communities can play a significant role in an individuals journey through recovery. This article, published in the Conversation, explores the potential role of families in treatment in Australia. The authors go on to suggest 3 ways of expanding access and creating a family-focused model

How alcohol consumption contributes to chronic pain

A team showed how both alcohol intake and alcohol withdrawal can lead to increased pain and hypersensitivity. Chronic alcohol consumption may make people more sensitive to pain through two different molecular mechanisms -- one driven by alcohol intake and one by alcohol withdrawal. That is one new conclusion by scientists at Scripps Research on the complex links between alcohol and pain. The research, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology on April 12, 2023, also

National Drug Observatories from Latin American and Caribbean countries meet in Lisbon for ‘COPOLAD week’

National Drug Observatories (NDOs) from Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries are gathering in Lisbon from 22–26 May for a week of activities under the COPOLAD III programme. The overarching theme of the initiative will be strengthening the technical capacity and institutional role of the NDOs. The EMCDDA is an official partner of the programme, which promotes dialogue and bi-regional cooperation on drug policy between the European Union and LAC countries.

FDA Approves New Buprenorphine Treatment Option for Opioid Use Disorder

For Immediate Release: May 23, 2023 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Brixadi (buprenorphine) extended-release injection for subcutaneous use (under the skin) to treat moderate to severe opioid use disorder (OUD). Brixadi is available in two formulations, a weekly injection that can be used in patients who have started treatment with a single dose of a transmucosal buprenorphine product or who are already being treated with buprenorphine, and a monthly version for patients

La FDA aprueba una nueva opción de tratamiento con buprenorfina para el trastorno por consumo de opioides

Para publicación inmediata: 24 de mayo del 2023 Hoy, la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de los Estados Unidos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) aprobó la inyección subcutánea (para uso por debajo de la piel) de Brixadi (buprenorfina) de liberación prolongada para tratar el trastorno por consumo de opioides (OUD, por sus siglas en inglés) de moderado a grave. Brixadi está disponible en dos formulaciones, una inyección semanal que puede usarse en pacientes que

Rome Consensus 2.0 Summit conclusions

Following the conclusion of the Rome Consensus 2.0 Summit, we are still enthusiastic to have met so many partners in person and for the good outcome of the event, which was possible thanks to the availability and contribution of every single person. It was encouraging to see so much participation that enriched the debate and filled the formal and informal discussion with ideas and new common goals. Each of us, representing our own organization, by

Ecolink Institute starts Batch IX for curriculum 1-8

GCCC Director, Becky Vaughn inaugurated the IXth batch of the UTC (Full course), hosted by the Ecolink Institute of Well-being, India on April 10. Nearly 30 students from seven countries are attending this course. Meanwhile, Ecolink Institute has successfully completed batch VIII who are preparing for their ICAP examination. Dr. Thirumagal, Aditi Ghanekar, Francis Moothedan, Dr.Dambur Nirolla and Dr. Thomas Scaria continue to be the resource persons.

UNODC supported delegations from four Central Asian countries in a high-level study tour to the United Kingdom

The UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA) together with the UNODC Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) organized a study tour for high-level representatives, including senior officials, policymakers and substance use disorders clinicians, from the Republic of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyz Republic to London, United Kingdom from 24 to 27 April 2023. The main purpose of the visit was to learn and witness best practices in the areas of clinical governance, quality, and

National Drug Council equipping professionals with capacity to effectively treat substance use disorders in adolescents

Thirty adolescent treatment professionals in St. Kitts and Nevis are this week engaged in a training programme geared towards equipping them with the tools to identify, assess and treat adolescents with substance use disorders. The Adolescent Drug Treatment Training, which runs from May 15 to 19, is being facilitated by the St. Kitts and Nevis National Council on Drug Abuse Prevention, in collaboration with the Demand Reduction Unit of the InterAmerican Drug Abuse Control Commission

The Anti-Stigma Network

The Anti-Stigma Network has been launched! The Mission The Anti-Stigma Network has been created by a group of organisations coming together with a shared mission. Collectively they aim to improve understanding of the stigma and discrimination experienced by all people harmed by drug and alcohol use. They aim to help coordinate and amplify the huge variety of existing anti-stigma work across the UK, enabling us all to maximise our shared effort to take action to

2022-2023 Medical Council on Alcohol (MCA) Legacy Essay Competition

It has been widely reported that youth alcohol consumption has decreased over recent years. What is the evidence to support this view? What are the implications for alcohol related health harm, promotion of safe drinking and health policy? Write a 3,000 word essay referenced in the Vancouver style to address this topic. The word count does not include references, diagrams and tables. Entrants must be current medical students in the United Kingdom. To apply send

Colloquium on “Responding to the Nexus Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Drug Use”

COLLOQUIUM ON “RESPONDING TO THE NEXUS BETWEEN ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES AND DRUG USE” Organised bySociety for Promotion of Youth and Masses (ISSUP India Chapter) With the support of International Society of Substance Use Professionals& Paul Hamlyn Foundation April 15, 2023 Venue: Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Monthly Free Psychiatry Clinic/Camp by ISSUP Pakistan, Pakistan Psychiatric Society on 29 April, 2023 at Rawalakot-AJK

Dr. Syed Azhar Ali Kazmi: Consultant Psychiatrist Member Executive Committee ISSUP Pakistan Chapter, Chapter Chief Pakistan Psychiatric Society- AJK, HOD Department of Psychiatry Poonch Medical College CHM Rawalakot-AJK with ISSUP Pakistan Chapter and Pakistan Psychiatric Society going to conduct Free Psychiatry Clinic/Camp on 29 April 2023 Rawalakot-AJK.

PTACC Annual Deflection Summit Call for International Presenters

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2023 Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative’s (PTACC) National Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion Summit. All submissions must be uploaded by May 5, 2023 at 2:00 EDT in order to be considered for the Summit. If your proposal is accepted by the planning committee, you will be offered a complimentary registration to the Summit! If you are ready to submit your proposal, please use the link below. Again, all proposals

Colloquium on “Responding to the Nexus between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Drug Use”

ISSUP India conducted a one-day colloquium titled “Responding to the Nexus between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Drug Use” with the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, AIIMS on 15th April 2023 at India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India. Various luminaries participated and provide their important feedback. Justice (Ms.) Mukta Gupta, Chairperson, Juvenile Justice Committee, Hon’ble High Court of Delhi attend the colloquium as chief guest.

The 9th Anniversary of Ahsania Mission Women Drug Treatment Centre

Social stigma is the main obstacle for female substance users’ treatment. Social stigma is the reason why females who use substances are unwilling to seek treatment. The rate of substance abuse among the female is frightfully increasing along with the men. If it is not controlled, it will take a horrendous form in the society. Md Zafarullah Kazal, Additional Director of Department of Narcotics Control, said this in a discussion meeting organized by Ahsania Mission

Signing of MoU between Gujranwala Police Officer and Mian Afzal Trust Hospital, Gujranwala Pakistan

City police officer (CPO) Gujranwala Ayyaz Saleem and Chairman, Mian Afzal Trust Hospital Gujranwala Mr Sana Ullah Rathore signed MoU between Gujranwala Police and Mian Afzal Trust Hospital Gujranwala Pakistan for cooperation in provision of drug, Psychiatric and Psychological services. Sufi Muhammad Javed also present on the occasion. It was also discussed that we will expand cooperation in future.