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Thai Researcher Named WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellow

The NIDA International Program, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) selected On-anong Saiphoklang, Ph.D., Thailand, as the 2015 WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellow. The award provides partial support for a low- and middle-income country researcher to work with a NIDA-supported researcher and participate in the NIDA International Forum and CPDD meetings. During the two meetings, Dr. Saiphoklang presented her research on exposure to drugs, alcohol risk factors, and weapon carrying among 2,588 Thai students. Dr.

WHO Begins Developing Guidelines on Managing Opioid Overdose

NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., was among the international drug abuse experts who met to discuss drafting World Health Organization (WHO) evidence-based guidelines for managing opioid overdose. The meeting was held February 19–20, 2014, in Geneva. According to WHO, between 70,000 and 100,000 people die annually from overdose, and opioid-related respiratory depression causes many of those deaths.

WHO Releases Guidelines on Managing Substance Use During Pregnancy

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the first evidence-based global guidelines to prevent and treat substance use by pregnant women. The plain language recommendations also can be used to help pregnant women and their family members make healthy decisions about alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use. Designed for use in both low- and high-resource countries, the document identifies principles and best practices in six areas:

International Traveling Fellows Participate in NIDA International Forum and CPDD

Researchers from Russia and South Africa were selected as the 2011 WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellows. NIDA partners with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) to provide support for a 1-week research visit with a NIDA grantee and participation in the NIDA International Forum and the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting.

The 2011 International Traveling Fellows are:

Russian Researcher Named 2013 WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellow

Bulat Idrisov, M.D., Russia, has been selected as the 2013 WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellow. NIDA partners with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) to provide support for a 1-week research visit with a NIDA grantee and participation in the NIDA International Forum and the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting. Since 2009, Dr. Idrisov has been working with Steven Sussman, Ph.D., University of Southern California, to implement Project EX, an evidence-based youth smoking cessation program, in Russia. The fellowship will permit Drs.

South African Investigator Receives International Traveling Fellowship Award

The World Health Organization, NIDA, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) together have selected this year’s recipient of the International Traveling Fellowship Award. Hetta Gouse, Ph.D., University of Cape Town, South Africa, received the award based on her research into the investigation of the effects of methamphetamine in a South African sample using detailed neuropsychological testing and a functional magnetic resonance imaging reward task. The award enables Dr.

WHO Begins Developing Guidelines on Substance Use During Pregnancy

Seeking to prevent adverse health effects of consuming alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, or other psychoactive substances during pregnancy, the World Health Organization (WHO) is developing guidelines to assist in identifying and managing substance use by pregnant women. WHO reports that substance use during pregnancy has been associated with miscarriage, impaired fetal growth and development, and life-long problems in affected infants. WHO expects to release the guidelines in 2014.

WHO Database Documents Lack of Resources To Treat Substance Abuse

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Information System on Resources for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders maps and monitors health system resources at the country level. Data from 147 countries (88 percent of the world population), collected in 2008, show that there are only 1.7 beds per 100,000 people available to treat alcohol and drug use disorders.

Ongoing Activities

The International Program frequently works with international organizations and drug abuse research institutions in other nations to promote collaborative research, exchange information, and to move rapidly to address emerging opportunities. Current and recent partners include:

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