Topic: Illicit Drugs

NEWS: UNODC: Treatment, Care and Recovery Suggestions for People with Drug Use Disorder during COVID-19

Pandemics and health emergencies costs lives and poses risks to health and well-being of people, security, stability as well as the economy. It is important to ensure access to health care during a pandemic, including services for people who use drugs and treatment of drug use disorders…

NEWS: Germany: Alcohol Harm Continues Draining Society’s Resources

A brand new report shows that alcohol harm continues draining society’s resources in Germany. The DHS Yearbook Addiction 2020 is published by the German Center for Addiction Issues (DHS) and reveals the heavy alcohol burden on German society.
Pervasive alcohol harm is draining precious resources. According to the DHS Yearbook Addiction 2020, the annual economic costs of alcohol harm amount to €57 billion…

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NEWS: Lichtenstein: New Strategy Paper to Tackle Addiction

The Commission for Addiction Issues has developed a new addiction policy paper for Lichtenstein. The German-speaking microstate situated in the Alps and in the southwest of Central Europe has not seen an update to its alcohol and other drug policies in the last two decades…

NEWS: Hong Kong: Rising Youth Cannabis Use Linked with Legalization Overseas

Hong Kong’s drugs tsar has linked rising cannabis use among young people in Hong Kong with legalization overseas. Amid an overall decline in drug use, the number of people using marijuana has increased, fuelled by a 50% rise among under-21 year olds. The government’s top adviser on drugs connects the trend with legalization in regions including North America…

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NEWS: Revised International Standards for Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have published a revised and updated version of the ‘The International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders’. The revised edition is now incorporating results of a comprehensive field-testing effort of the treatment standards…

MEMBER NEWS: IOGT-NTO: Trailblazing Advocacy for New ANDT-Strategy

Heart-Driven members of IOGT-NTO  are driving advocacy for the new ANDT-Strategy in Sweden. The Swedish government has promised a new Alcohol, Narcotics, Doping, Tobacco (ANDT) Strategy in the country. the Ministry of Social Affairs has organized four hearings with civil society and authorities on different themes to advise on the new strategy…

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…