Prevention Update

A unique update on what is happening in the world of drug abuse prevention.

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Happy Anniversary!

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime will celebrate its 20th anniversary on 14 September 2017 at the Vienna International Centre. The event will highlight UNODC’s achievements in the past 20 years in combating drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism, and will also focus on the current challenges the Organization and the international community are facing.

Date: Thursday, 14 September 2017, from 10:45 to 12:00

Venue: Vienna International Centre, Boardroom D, C-building, 4th floor

The event will be webcast live on Facebook and on Twitter

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Last year, UNODC launched the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, aimed at building a culture of lawfulness among children by instilling in them values that are deterrent to crime, corruption terrorism and violence, and equipping them with the skills needed to deal with a multitude of issues in a swiftly evolving environment. It is targeting primary level (6-12 years old) teachers. E4J is dedicated to consulting with teachers and children from around the world throughout the development process for our educational tools and materials. The feedback we receive from the survey will help us in ensuring that our tools and materials will meet the growing challenges that teachers and children face worldwide.  Visit our homepage to learn more about E4J.

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Social Determinants & Substance Use - A Perspective Beyond Policy Silo Pragmatics

“These authors have written a deeply insightful and carefully researched and referenced paper summarizing the key elements of policy development and social responsibility underlying the many twists and turns involved in drug policy and regulation. Quoting and reviewing many of the leaders in addiction and social policy analysis worldwide the authors have produced a profound deeply insightful and very useful policy summary relating to addiction which is useful to policy makers globally. It should be widely read, carefully considered and thoughtfully implemented everywhere societies struggle with the difficulties the seductions and the tsunamis posed by the plethora of addiction epidemics worldwide. I thoroughly commend their work to your thoughtful consideration and the wider viewing of the thinking policy making body politic.”
Associate Professor Dr Stuart Reece, Brisbane, Australia

Communities Addressing Trauma and Community Strife Using Trauma-Informed Approaches

In the fifth installment of the Communities Addressing Trauma and Community Strife Through Trauma-Informed Approaches webinar series, Samuel Simmons uses a broad range of unique and innovative strategies that include educational and culturally sensitive trauma- informed initiatives to promote healthy communities. Mr. Samuelson will address historical trauma in our communities and identify strategies that work to address the importance of understanding intergenerational trauma.

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Strategies Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Tribal Communities

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Muckleshoot Tribe, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, White Earth Nation, and the Indian Health Service (IHS)’s National Committee on Heroine, Opioids, and Pain Efforts present the webinar – Strategies Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Tribal Communities.

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NIDA International Forum

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Forum fosters international cooperative research and the exchange of scientific information by drug abuse researchers. Held each June in conjunction with the annual scientific meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), the Forum highlights the range and quality of drug abuse and addiction research conducted around the world.

Centered around a theme each year, the Forum features a research symposium, a poster session, and network-building activities highlighting NIDA-supported and other international research on drug abuse. This unique scientific meeting allows participants to network with talented colleagues, learn about drug abuse research and policy issues in other countries, and discuss NIDA-supported fellowships and other programs that can support international collaborations.

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Society for Prevention Research (SPR)

Mark your calendars to attend the most important prevention science conference–the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 25th Annual Meeting that will be held in Washington, DC, This year’s theme is “Prevention and Public Systems of Care: Research, Policy and Practice.”

The Society for Prevention Research envisions a wellness-oriented society in which evidenced-based programs and policies are continuously applied to improve the health and well-being of its citizens, fostering positive human development and citizens who lead productive lives, in caring relationships with others.

The SPR Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to advance this vision by providing a centrally integrated forum for the exchange of new concepts, methods, and results from prevention research and related public health fields; and by providing a forum for the communication between scientists, public policy leaders and practitioners concerning the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions in all areas of public health.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and network with more than 800 U.S. and international researchers, policy-makers and practitioners at the premiere meeting for prevention science!

Questions? Please contact:
Jennifer Lewis, CAE
Executive Director
Society for Prevention Research
11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22030 USA
703-934-4850, ext. 213
703-359-7562 fax

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Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)

The SSWR Annual Conference offers a scientific program that reflects a broad range of research interests, from workshops on the latest quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to symposia featuring studies in child welfare, aging, mental health, welfare reform, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Over 500 symposia, workshop, roundtable, paper and poster presentations. Research methods workshops designed to enhance methods expertise and grant-writing skills and special sessions on research priorities and capacity building that target cutting-edge topics vital to contemporary social work research. Pre-conference programs and a networking reception especially for doctoral students.

With questions, please contact:
DeeJay R. Garringo, CAE
Director, Conference Program & Membership Services
703-352-7797, ext. 218,

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International Drug Abuse Research Society (IDARS)

IDARS is an international scientific organization that promotes and fosters the research and collaboration of scientists around the world in the area of substances of abuse and addiction. Our focus is to foster research in molecular, cellular and systems biology and includes neuropharmacological, neurobehavioral, neurochemical and neuroanatomical themes.

The purposes of IDARS are scientific, educational and charitable. We strive to promote excellence in:

-advancing the understanding of drug abuse, substance abuse and addictions, including the part they play in behaviors of humans and in animal models

-bringing together scientists of varying backgrounds and disciplines within the field of drug abuse research

-integrating drug abuse research directed at all levels of biological organization and its translation to improvement in clinical prevention and treatment efforts

-promoting education in the addiction sciences

-informing the general public on the results and implications of current research in the addiction sciences

-promoting other activities that will contribute to the development of addiction sciences

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Lisbon Addictions 2017 – Second European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies

Lisbon Addictions 2017, the second European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, is a multidisciplinary conference that provides a forum for networking across the addictions.

Over 600 participants from 58 countries attended Lisbon Addictions 2015. The conference sold out several months before the event. See presentations and posters

Once again, the conference will be jointly organised by the Portuguese General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), the journal Addiction, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE).

31 July 2017: Deadline for late-breaking abstracts

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