Topic: Illicit Drugs

NEWS: USA: Key Facts About Substance Use in Women

Women face unique issues when using substances. National Institute of Drug Abuse of the United States of America (USA) outlines women specific substance use problems. Scientists who study substance use have discovered that women who use drugs can have issues related to hormones, menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause…

NEWS: Canada: Early Alcohol Onset Predicts Later Harm

A new study in Canada found early alcohol onset predicts harm in later life. Four scholars at the University of Waterloo surveyed more than 19,000 high school students in Ontario and Alberta over two academic years starting in 2013. They tracked the teens’ self-reported alcohol use and smoking habits…

NEWS: UK: Deadly Mix of Alcohol, Cocaine

At least 13 deaths within a year are attributable to self-inflicted harm caused by taking a mix of cocaine and alcohol. Figures show there has been a rise in the number of alcohol-and-cocaine-related deaths over the past two decades, and an increase in cocaine use…

NEWS: Mexico: President Launches Drug Prevention Program

Mexico’s President has launched a drug prevention program to reduce the increasing drug use, specially among minors and youth. Mexican government survey data shows drug use among minors has more than quadrupled since 2002, with more than 1 in 20 Mexicans between the ages of 12-17 saying they have consumed illegal drugs…

NEWS: Ethiopia Battles Khat, Alcohol Addiction

Ethiopia is battling khat and alcohol addiction. Khat which is commonly used in the country is understood to be an initiation drug for alcohol. Legally, khat is banned in many countries, although chewing khat is still commonplace in Ethiopia and the wider Horn of Africa region…

NEWS: Week #33 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, insights into Big Alcohol revelations as well as some outstanding blog posts from IOGT’s Global Voices.
Content for week 33:
Alcohol policy updates come from the Philippines (alcohol taxation), Kenya (burden of addictive substances and behaviors), Myanmar (rising mental health problem), Denmark (rising youth alcohol use) and New Zealand (10 years of government failure in alcohol policy)…
Fresh science updates are about alcohol policy and initmate partner homicides as well as effective components of adolescent mental health programs…
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes beer giants’ turf war in South Africa (and other countries)…
On our Global Voices Blog Portal we have two new stories: Nils writes about the alcohol problem of the Norwegian Oil Fund, and Tunga writes about his contemplations from Egypt and the African Union meeting on drug policy and health…

BLOG: Contemplations from Egypt: Ancient Wisdom For 21st Century Drug Policy

In this blog post, Tunga reflects about the discussions (and those that were NOT taking place) at the Third Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Specialized Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control (STC-HPDC-3), which he attended for IOGT International in Cairo, Egypt. His contemplations merge ancient Chinese wisdom about health into the 21st century debate about alcohol and other drug policy and control…

NEWS: Kenya: Alcohol, Other Drugs, Gambling Fuel School Drop-Out

The recent County Dialogues Report reveals drugs and gambling as leading causes for children dropping out of school in Kenya.
The report covers a range of causative factors for poor educational performance and kids dropping out of school in Kenya. These factors include alcohol, drug use and gambling…