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CICAD Issues Report on Drug Use Trends in the Americas

A new report issued by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) at the Organization of American States found wide differences in drug use patterns among countries, high levels of drug use among adolescents, very low levels of perceived risks for drug use, and easy access to drugs. Use of heroin and new psychoactive substances are increasing throughout the region.

Shedding Light on Substance Abuse in Sikkim

Drug abuse researchers gathered at a symposium in Sikkim, one of India’s smallest states, to tackle some of the region’s biggest health problems. Linda Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., a NIDA grantee, offered her expertise at the symposium in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, to help begin to shed light on the magnitude of substance abuse in the state.

Journal Seeks Substance Use Submissions With an International Perspective

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research publishes research reports from countries where there is little current knowledge about substance use, as well as cross-national comparisons and other studies that have global implications. The first issue compiles papers presented at a 2010 meeting on alcohol epidemiology and policy that was held in Kampala, Uganda.

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.