Prevention Update

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

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Call for proposals for the 2018 DAPC Grants is open!

The United Nations Offices on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched the Call for Proposal for DAPC Grants 2018 in the context of the UNODC Youth Initiative. The DAPC Grants contributed by the Japanese NGO "Drug Abuse Prevention Centre" aims at supporting non-profit organisations in low- and middle- income countries working for preventing substance use among or with the youth to implement small prevention projects. The deadline for submitting a concept note is on 13 July 2020 midnight (GMT+2). For more information, please visit our website and see more details on how to apply, or connect to us via Facebook.

Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has released an innovative guide today: Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide
This new European guide presents the EMCDDA’s first overview of actions and interventions currently available to address the consequences of illicit drug use drawing on insights from 30 countries. Moreover, this guide and the associated package of online materials is designed to provide a reference point for those approaching drug problems from a public health planning perspective, as well as frontline workers and practitioners. It also acts as a gateway to a wide range of online resources, including links to evidence and tools.
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NordAN conference 2017 – „Alcohol across borders”

Rates of alcohol-related outcomes are sensitive to policy differences in neighboring territories. It is clear that cross-border trade with alcoholic beverages has a profound impact on public health. While Nordic countries have very strong alcohol policy with high prices and limited marketing, Baltic countries, just next door, are having much lower price levels which attracts massive number of buyers from Nordic countries. Also between Nordic countries and from countries such as Germany and Poland cross border trade is important. This cross-border trade and travellers’ alcohol imports as such is limiting the possibilities to increase alcohol excise duties or otherwise affect prices of alcohol in several Nordic countries.
While cross-border trade and price differences seem to be the biggest issue here, it´s definitely not the only matter that countries have to deal together.

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ISSUP Training on Addiction

ISSUP is collaborating with CIJ to host a series of training events that run concurrently with CIJ's 19th International Congress on Addictions. All training participants can join the Congress.

The nature, prevention and treatment of drug use and drug use disorders - UNODC
Training for Treating Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders - CICAD
Creating Drug Free Communities - CADCA
UTC – 1 Physiology and Pharmacology for Addiction Professionals
UTC – 2 Treatment for Substance Use Disorders – The Continuum of Care for Addiction Professionals
UTC 4 - Habilidades básicas de consejería para profesionales de la adicción
UTC 6 Administración de Casos para Profesionales de Adicción y UTC 7 - Intervención de Crisis para Profesionales de Adicción
Public health dimension of the world drug problem: Addressing challenges for public health policies, plans & programs - PAHO
Training for Health Professionals on Identification and Management of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy - WHO

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Happy Anniversary!

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime will celebrate its 20th anniversary on 14 September 2020 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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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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