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The Global Initiative on Substance Abuse (GISA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program recently commenced National Training of Trainers in the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) in Nigeria.




Zila Sloboda

Current Prevention Research and What it Means for the future of the Prevention Workforce: Implications for Prevention Education

January 25th 2019
The esteemed presenter, Zili Sloboda, is the President of Applied Prevention Science International. She was trained in medical sociology at New York University and in mental health and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. The majority of her research has been related to the delivery of health-related services to youth and adults and epidemiology. She is an expert on the prevention of substance use by adolescents and has broad experience in research related to at-risk youth and to the evaluation of treatment and prevention programs. She is also on the Board of Directors of ISSUP.


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Asia Pacific International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction

The Asia Pacific Regional Coordinating Centre is holding the 1st Asia-Pacific International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction Conference 2018. The conference will be held on 1-3 August 2018 in Dusit thani Huahin, 1349 Phet Kasem Rd, Cha-am,Phetchaburi 76120 Thailand for the purpose of promoting ICUDDR and sharing how to implement the UTC/UPC/RC into Addiction Studies Program in the universities of Asia-Pacific Region.

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Joint NACADA, ISSUP and African Union Drug Demand Reduction Conference & Workshop

The international ISSUP conference was held on 10th - 14th December 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration with NACADA (National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse). The ICUDDR track was carried out within this event. and gave the opportunity to share experiences about drug demand reduction study programs with focus on the African region. Find presentations attached below.

Download Africa Presentations in ZIP
Download Final Agenda for ICUDDR Track at ISSUP meeting Kenya
CHECK ON YOUTUBE! ICUDDR kick off session of ISSUP Nairobi Meeting 12/10/18



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One Day Seminar on Substance Use Problems in Youth: Prevention and Treatment Programs; September 26, 2018

Reasearch and Training Unit for Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder, Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Karachi, organized a one day seminar at the Arts Auditorium, University of Karachi, in Collaboration with Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, on September 26, 2018. This seminar was organized to deliver awareness to students on substance abuse and its harmful consequences, evidence based programs, new courses on substance abuse treatment and prevention, and also the opportunities for students, faculty members, and substance use treatment and prevention professionals. This seminar was attended by more than 400 participants.

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International Prevention Certificate Program in Media-Based Prevention

"The Advanced Certificate Program in Media-Based Prevention was conducted at Claremont Graduate University from July 25, 2018 to August 14, 2018. The program was designed to contribute to the skill set of a group of visiting international professionals in the field of prevention science. In the program, we attempted to demonstrate how evidence-based principles of persuasion can be applied in media-based interventions preventing psychotropic substance use, and thus to help potential users avoid the many negative social, emotional, and physical consequences of such use. The program curriculum was developed to enhance the knowledge, competencies, and skills of program participants in their work as they address the substance use issues in their communities. Combining the principles of prevention science and persuasion in media-based prevention with the program attendees' comprehensive knowledge of the unique prevention issues in their home countries helps target the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) principles to the specific problems the program participants encounter."

Find the whole Program Report on the link below:
Summer Program Report



Igor Koutsenok

Seminar on International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) in Southeast Asia

An ICUDDR seminar was held on 16th May 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Dr. Igor Koutsenok from University of California San Diego. The main objectives were to share academic activities on DDR among universities in the region, to introduce ICUDDR and SEA HATTC and their regional plans and to explore potential strategies for collaborative efforts on DDR workforce development in the region.








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Meeting of Global Demand Reduction (DDR) Partners on Workforce Development, January 2018

ICUDDR both participated and presented at the Meeting of Global Demand Reduction (DDR) Partners on Workforce Development. These meetings were conducted by INL/U.S. Department of State and hosted by CICAD/Organization of American States in January 2018. Participants at this meeting were varied and prestigious, including African Union, Applied Prevention Science International (APSI), the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. Department of State, Colombo Plan, the Government of Chile, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP), NASADAD, U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), National Rehabilitation Centre, United Arab Emirates, OAS/CICAD, PIRE, SME, University of North Carolina, UNAM, UNODC, and International specialists and advisors. The topics included the Universal Treatment and Prevention curricula development process, the dissemination process, digitizing drug demand reduction, distance learning, and mentorship.



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3rd ISSUP Workshop, Cancun 2017

The 3rd ISSUP Workshop took place together with the 19th International Congress on Addictions organised by Centros de Integraci├│n Juvenil (CIJ) in Canc├║n, Mexico from December 4th - 8th, 2017. ISSUP welcomed over 2,500 participants from 71 countries. ICUDDR leadership presented multiple sessions, networked with participants from around the globe, and held committee meetings. The core session was focus on University survey and context of establishing of ICUDDR and training curricula UPC and UTC. Other sessions were focus on specific issues related to university degree addiction programs (e.g. how to support establishing new academic programs and how link it with service providers etc.) and capacity building.