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Fall Newsletter 2018

Regional Activities

Opening of the Asia-Pacific Regional Collaboration Center
On August 7, Dr. Kim Johnson traveled to Thailand to join Dr. Prapapun Chucharoen and her team at the opening of the Asia-Pacific Regional Collaboration Center of ICUDDR at ASEAN Institute for Health Development, Mahidol University.  The Asia-Pacific Regional chapter of ICUDDR will be known as AICUDDR and is eager to work on issues in addiction studies affecting this area of the world.  They have begun networking and bringing people together.

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Participants gathered at the first Asian Pacific ICUDDR conference, in native dress from their country. More info to the right about this event.


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1st Asian Pacific ICUDDR Conference
Approximately 40 people from 13 countries attended the first Asia Pacific ICUDDR conference from Aug 1-3. The agenda included ceremonial signing of MOAs between universities and the Mahidol University, the regional coordinating center for ICUDDR. Presentations included topics such as the role of ICUDDR and universities in improving the quality of prevention and treatment services, the ideal addiction treatment system design and skills necessary to provide services, and basic science such as the role of melatonin in relapse. Every country presented on the status and the goals of their country’s drug demand reduction programs. The highlight of the conference was dinner where Mahidol University provided a feast and participants wore traditional clothing from their country. We had a rollicking evening of karaoke. There are videos somewhere, but you will have to ask participants to see them. We promised not to post!
Member Profile

The Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA) was founded in October 1990 in Jos, Nigeria, as an independent, non-profit, community service organization devoted to drug abuse research and prevention, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The specific objectives of the Centre include carrying out and supporting research on all aspects of licit and illicit drug use and other lifestyle and health issues; serving as a clearing-house for state-of-the-art information on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; organizing conferences, training workshops and seminars on substance abuse epidemiology, prevention and treatment; providing regular information to researchers, prevention and treatment professionals, the public and the media through the publication of pamphlets, a newsletter, books and an academic journal; and engaging in all other activities that may contribute to the promotion of healthy lifestyles, especially among African youth.
CRISA staff and Associates are actively engaged in many areas of substance abuse research, including epidemiology, treatment and prevention, and drug law and policy. A major objective of the Centre is to enhance the capacity of African scholars and professionals to engage in research that advances our understanding of psychoactive substances, substance use and related problems. CRISA has completed important research projects on drug use among secondary school students; inhalant abuse among students and out-of-school youth; WHO-funded projects on alcohol, gender and culture in Nigeria, and alcohol’s harm to others; and national surveys of problematic drug users and key informants funded by the European Union/UNODC.
CRISA has developed a large network of local and international professionals in the drug demand reduction field. These professionals can be called upon to offer specialized services when needed.  In addition, the staff, Associates and volunteers at the central office in Uyo are capable of addressing any drug demand reduction needs and services on short notice.  They are available to assist in the following areas: Research, Training, Development of workplace or institutional programmes, Drug policy analysis, Counselling and treatment consultations, development of prevention materials, and (as a registered non-profit publishing organization) CRISA also serves as the publisher of books on drugs or on any other area of health promotion and disease prevention.
Recent Research

Recently published research on the structure and conditions of current academic addiction studies programs provided information on the number of university-based programs in the United States. 

The research, done by Amalie Pavlovska', Roger H. Peters, Roman Gabrhelik, Michal Miovsky, Zili Sloboda & Thomas F. Babor showed that the focus of most addiction studies programs in the U.S. are on clinical training rather than research or drug policy. 

In the United States, addiction studies can be found in 333 Universities with a total of 392 programs.  Differences between the states are vast.  In California, addiction studies are found in 39 Universities with 48 programs, whereas in Texas, addiction studies are found in 18 Universities containing 20 programs, and in Mississippi there are no addiction studies programs.  

Of the 333 U.S. Universities offered 392 different academic programs in addiction studies, 302 were degree programs.  Of these, 161 (53%) programs were offered at the associate degree level, 48 (15,9%) at the bachelor’s level, 55 (18.2%) at the master’s level, and 5 (1.6%) at the doctorate level. 

Also of note, only one university located in the state of New York offered comprehensive academic programs across the educational spectrum.  Many of the academic programs offered certificates.  The most common phrases used in program titles were “substance abuse”, “addiction studies/counseling”, and “chemical dependency”.

More information can be accessed at 

Conference Summary 2018
The 3rd Annual ICUDDR Conference was held in San Diego, CA, USA in June of this year.  It was a tremendous success with 85 representatives from 23 of countries and 31 Universities participating.  The conference provided a collaborative forum to support and share curricula and experiences in the teaching and training of addiction studies knowledge as well as to promote and encourage the recruitment of persons interested in the research, prevention, and treatment of substance use disorders and public health.  It also provided an opportunity for universities and institutions of higher learning to share their expertise as well as to support instructors/faculty, trainers, and students in their learning and adoption of the science of substance use disorders – in line with the ICUDDR goals and vision.

Posters and presentation info can be found at
Left: Jane Marie Ong’olo, African Union Commission; Mariano Montenegro, UNODC; Elizabeth Saenz, UNODC; Erin Hobbs, ATTC Network / Right: Igor Koutsenok, University of CA - San Diego
Implementation Corner
Each newsletter we will answer your questions about challenges you face while working to plan, develop, advocate for, and implement addiction studies programs at your University.  This quarter we will begin with a few general tips:
- Determine a need in your area - Do prevention and treatment centers in your area have difficulty hiring qualified staff members?  What other career development issues exist in your area?
- Find a champion - Are there policy makers, a University leader, and/or regional champions of addiction studies and the need to start a University program?  Ask them for support in the process.
- Utilize the resources available - UPC and UTC are free resources to begin to develop courses in addictions.  There are other free and inexpensive resources available as well.
Do you have questions about implementation that you would like answered?  Please contact us at

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