The first thematic interessionals will take place October 16-18 2019, in Vienna, Austria. Deadline for applications: September 25 2019 at 11:55 p.m. CEST Read more about Call for Applications: Civil society participation in CND thematic discussions in October
Most outsiders know Portugal has decriminalized drugs. But most fail to understand that drugs remain illegal. In the 1990s, Portugal was in the throes of a national crisis, averaging 360 drug overdose deaths a year in a country of 10 million. Today, it has one of Europe’s lowest rates of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and the number of overdose deaths in 2016 was 26. Read more about Daphne Bramham: Decriminalization is no silver bullet, says Portugal's drug czar
The Recovery games events aim to celebrate recovery and make recovery visible in the community as well as to create a common bond and to challenge exclusion and stigmatisation. Read more about Join the Aspire Recovery Games
Today, on 26 June, the international community, individuals and organizations across the globe come together to observe the International day against drugs and illicit trafficking. Read more about A day for drug prevention or drug promotion?
"1st Assembly of Istanbul Initiative" was organized, under the Green Crescent's leadership, to designate a common global strategy in the fight against addiction. Together with the declaration published consequent to the assembly held in Green Crescent Headquarters in Istanbul on 12-13 June, by 21 leading NGOs' representatives from 15 different countries. Read more about A GLOBAL DECLARATION FROM GREEN CRESCENT FOR FIGHTING AGAINST ADDICTION
The Conference will take place on July 1–5, 2019 at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria. Join drug demand reduction professionals from Europe and around the world for five days of plenary sessions, workshops, training sessions, networking, exhibits, culture and community. Read more about International Conference on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care – Inspiration and Direction
Addiction recovery is best viewed as a process rather than an event, but the transition into recovery can sometimes be more a cataclysm than a product of incremental steps—more a lightning strike than a process of maturational learning—and the factors that sustain recovery over time may be quite different than those that trigger recovery initiation. Read more about Recovery Cascades (Bill White and David Best)
62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and its Ministerial Segment have brought together more heads of state and government, ministers and other high-level officials, as well as more participants, than ever before. Read more about The 62th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)
On 24 January 2019, the Director General of the World Health Organization sent a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations recommending, among other things, that cannabis and associated substances be rescheduled in the international drug control framework. The changes are reported to facilitate the trade of these substances for medicinal and scientific purposes. Read more about WHO recommends rescheduling of cannabis
VIENNA, 5 March (UN Information Service) - The International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report for 2018 warns that poorly regulated medical cannabis programmes could lead to increased diversion of cannabis and cannabinoids and to increased “recreational” use of the drug. Read more about The International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report 2018
Addiction recovery is far more than the removal of drugs from an otherwise unchanged life. Recent definitions of recovery transcend radical changes in the person-drug relationship and encompass enhanced global health and social functioning. Read more about Reflections on Long-Term Recovery (Galen Tinder and Bill White)
Side Event at the 62nd CND 2019: "Recovery Cities – Creating Sustainable Partnerships within the City"
EURAD and RUN are pleased to invite you to our side event at the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs 2019 entitled "Recovery Cities – Creating Sustainable Partnerships within the City" Read more about Side Event at the 62nd CND 2019: "Recovery Cities – Creating Sustainable Partnerships within the City"
The Health and Social Care Committee is seeking written submissions on the health consequences of illicit drugs policy. The closing date for written submissions is Monday 18 March. Read more about Drugs policy inquiry launched
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has published the administration’s first National Drug Control Strategy and outlined its priorities for combating illicit drug abuse and distribution. Read more about US: National Drug Control Strategy
In order to ensure an inclusive, comprehensive and meaningful civil society participation, the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) has been tasked by CND Resolution 61/10 to select one panelist for each round table discussion covering the following topics: Taking stock and Safeguarding the future Read more about Call for Applications: Civil society participation in the Ministerial Segment round tables
Leaders with Lived Experience is a pilot programme providing National Lottery grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to support lived experience leadership. Read more about UK National Lottery grants: leaders with lived experience
The International Journal of Drug Policy has published a Call for papers for their special issue, and invites both theoretical and empirically-based papers that seek to understand, describe, and discuss “state of the art” contemporary approaches on young adults, gender and alcohol intoxication. Read more about Call for papers themed collection: “Gendered perspectives on young adults’ alcohol intoxication”
The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Office of Research and Statistics released “Impacts on Marijuana Legalization in Colorado,” a report that compiles and analyzes data on marijuana-related topics including crime, impaired driving, hospitalizations and ER visits, usage rates, effects on youth, and more. Read more about Colorado publishes latest statistics on impact of cannabis legalisation
Call for abstracts for the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP)13th annual conference
The International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) is a society of scholars committed to advancing drug policy research. The 13th ISSDP conference will be held in Paris, France on 22-24 May 2019. Read more about Call for abstracts for the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP)13th annual conference
In his introductory message, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov stressed the importance of a coordinated international response to the opioid crisis. He noted that UNODC's Strategic Response to the Opioid Crisis "provides a platform to effectively address supply and demand, improve access to controlled pain medications while preventing diversion and abuse, and reinforce early warning." Read more about Actions to tackle global opioid crisis outlined by governments and experts in Vienna
Statement by the International Narcotics Control Board on the entry into force of Bill C-45 legalising cannabis for non-medical purposes in Canada
On the occasion of the entry into force of Bill C-45 which legalises cannabis for non-medical purposes in Canada, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reiterates its regret at the adoption of this measure by the Government of Canada. Read more about Statement by the International Narcotics Control Board on the entry into force of Bill C-45 legalising cannabis for non-medical purposes in Canada
In preparation for the 2019 High-Level Ministerial Segment of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the CSTF presents this global civil society consultation. Read more about CSTF Global Civil Society Consultation 2018
EXIT Magazine 2018 is dedicated to Mental Health and Mental Healthcare: Benefits of Addiction Treatment for Individuals, Communities and Governments. Read more about Dianova Portugal’s EXIT® Magazine 2018 is out now
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of activity since its foundation in 1978, San Patrignano Community celebrated the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with some different events, to underline the positive impact of recovery programs on individuals and communities. Read more about San Patrignano: The 40th anniversary and the celebration of World Drug Day
In preparations for the ministerial segment of the 62nd session of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs (CND), to be held in 2019, the Commission will host a number of thematic discussions in autumn. The third round of discussions will take place November 7-9, in Vienna, Austria. Read more about Call for Applications: Civil society speakers for the CND thematic discussions in November
The next EWODOR symposium (European Working group On Drug-Oriented Research) will be held in Ghent, Belgium, on September 20th and 21st, 2018. Read more about 17th International EWODOR symposium
On 26 June the World Drug Report 2018 was released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the Special Event commemorating the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Read more about World Drug Report 2018
Dianova International launches the “Bringing Addiction Stigma to an End” campaign on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, on June 26th Read more about Interview with Montse Rafel, General Director of Dianova International
On the occasion of the World Drug Day, the Recovery Plus Conference took place on 25 and 26 June 2018 in Tower Hotel, London. Read more about Recovery Plus Conference 2018
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) regrets the Canadian legislature's decision to legalize cannabis for non-medical use Read more about Statement attributable to the UNODC Spokesperson on Canada's Cannabis Act
On 7 June 2018, the EMCDDA has published the European Drug Report 2018:Trends and Developments. The report presents a top-level overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply, use and public health problems as well as drug policy and responses. Read more about European Drug Report 2018
It is with great pleasure and excitement that the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) and New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC) introduce the relaunched Civil Society Task Force (CSTF). Read more about Civil Society Task Force on Drugs (CSTF)
Celebrate World Drug Day with the UK and Europe’s leading conference on how to recover from addiction! In partnership with UKESAD and ICAA the Recovery Plus Conference will take place on 25 and 26 June 2018 in Tower Hotel, London. Read more about Join us at Recovery Plus Conference
Campaigners are tragically misguided in claiming that decriminalisation will solve anything, Melanie Phillips warns in The Times. Normalising drug-taking increases the numbers taking illegal substances and the harm they do. Read more about Melanie Phillips' article in The Times: Going soft on drugs is a disastrous mistake
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), is holding consultations with organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC to discuss questions of interest to the Committee or to the organizations relating to the relationship between the NGOs and the United Nations in line with paragraph 61 (a) of ECOSOC resolution 1996/31. Read more about Call for Submissions: ECOSOC Consultation for NGOs
25th ECAD Mayors’ Conference and the 6th World Forum Against Drugs took place jointly on May 14-15 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Read more about 25th ECAD Mayors’ Conference and the 6th World Forum Against Drugs
NGOs interested in applying for ECOSOC consultative status should submit their application and required documents on or before the deadline 1 June 2018. Read more about Open Call for NGOs to apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations
The Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSFD) is currently conducting an online survey to assess civil society views on the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Drugs (2017-20). Read more about ONLINE SURVEY: Civil Society Perspectives on the EU Action Plan on Drugs
Call for Application: Civil society participation in INCB thematic hearing on the Use of Cannabis for Medical and Non-Medical Purposes
The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) will host its first civil society hearing for the INCB board members on the margins of this years INCB board meeting. The hearing will be on the topic of "The Use of Cannabis for Medical and Non-Medical Purposes" and will take place on May 7 2018, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Vienna, Austria. Read more about Call for Application: Civil society participation in INCB thematic hearing on the Use of Cannabis for Medical and Non-Medical Purposes
The EU Commission is calling for applications with a view to selecting members of the Expert Group - Civil Society Forum on Drugs. Read more about CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - EXPERT GROUP "CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM ON DRUGS IN THE EU"
The 61 Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) took place last week, from 12 to 16 March 2018, in Vienna, Austria. The CND is the unique opportunity for all NGOs from the field to engage and organize different campaigns and side events, especially as many delegations of Member States attend the meeting. Read more about RUN at the 61 Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)
The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held its 61 Session from 12 to 16 March 2018, in Vienna, Austria. Read more about EURAD activities at the 61th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)
This article by DR. Gino Pecorado gives a clear picture regarding Medical Marijuana in Australia. Read more about Too early to be sure about medicinal cannabis
A growing body of research describes how the lives of dependent drinkers (and drug users) can change as they move from active addiction to recovery. Sheffield Hallam University, Alcohol Research UK & Adfam research published today – the 1st of its kind – shows how the recovery journey of a dependent drinker can markedly improve the lives of their families, for as long as recovery is sustained. Read more about Understanding recovery from a family perspective: A survey of life in recovery for families
Pompidou Group – Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs has published a Call for applications for the Pompidou Group European Drug Prevention Prize, 2018. The Prize is awarded every two years to active youth drug prevention projects. Read more about Call for projects: European Drug Prevention Prize 2018
Under the leadership of Recovered Users Network in cooperation with DPF- Drug Policy Futures, we are pleased to invite you to take part in our new exhibition which will take place during the 61th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs- CND in Vienna, 12-16 March. Read more about RUN invites you: Join us in our Exhibition at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)
A second wave of Life in Recovery has been launched on January 15 by Sheffield Hallam University, as part of a European research programme on pathways to recovery. Read more about European Life in Recovery Survey 2018
Call for Application: Expert Meeting "Field Testing Results of the International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders"
UNODC and WHO are organising an expert meeting "Field Testing Results of the International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders" in Vienna, to be held from 7 to 8 February 2018. Read more about Call for Application: Expert Meeting "Field Testing Results of the International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders"
The international conference "Parliamentarians Against Drugs" took place on 4 December in Moscow, Russia. The forum was held by the State Duma with participation of the United Nations; and the National Anti-Drug Union is also an official co-organizer of the conference. Read more about The international conference "Parliamentarians Against Drugs"
Professor David Best, who led a series of recovery-focused research studies in the UK, US and Australia, shared with us more details around Life in Recovery research. This research will involve many EU countries, England, Scotland, Belgium and the Netherlands, and the RUN partnership will build on this initial partnership and build a European recovery research network. Read more about Life in Recovery Research: An Interview with Professor David Best