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Fall Newsletter 2021

Webinar Announcement: Join us Monday!
We are pleased to announce the "Women Imprisoned With Substance Use Disorders: The Treatment Rehabilitation Services Agenda" webinar will be held Monday. You can join the link directly on 9/6 at 10:00am EDT/Paraguay time: Registration is not required. We will have simultaneous translation English-Spanish and Spanish-English. This work comes from collaborative research between the Catholic University of Asunción and the University of South Florida (USF). It is sponsored by ICUDDR, USF, and the Department of Psychology of the Universidad Católica de Asunción; and co-sponsored by ITTC, ISSUP, Colombo Plan, Sociedad Paraguaya de Psicología (Paraguayan Association of Psychologist) and SENAD (Anti-Drug National Agency of Paraguay).
Abstract Submissions for ICUDDR, INL, ISSUP, NRC Collaborative Conference
ICUDDR, INL, ISSUP and NRC are partnering to bring together a global in person and online event 11th – 16th May 2022 in Abu Dhabi.

This event will bring the latest learning from the fields of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support and allow the global workforce to meet and exchange. We are currently creating our programme and welcome submissions from you to present as part of a sub-plenary in person or online or poster session at the event.

Key information:

  • Oral presentations in-person or online
  • Poster sessions
  • There is availability for partial subsidy of travel / attendance costs for a number of speakers
  • In person presentations 12 – 14th May 2022, Abu Dhabi

Please complete the Abstract submission form by 30th September 2021

International Research on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released an international research opportunity. They state, the purpose of this notice is to encourage collaborative research applications that take advantage of opportunities outside of the United States. Applications examining all areas of NIDA-supported research addressing the causes, consequences, treatment, recovery, and prevention of drug use, misuse, and addiction are encouraged. Projects may be conducted through newly formed or well-established partnerships between investigators in a U.S.-based institution and scientists working in another country. All NIH grant applications for research to be conducted outside the United States must establish that the proposal takes advantage of unique research opportunities in other countries, speeds scientific discovery, and advances U.S. health science.
See NOT-DA-21-064: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research ( for more information. 

This past Spring, graduate students from John Jay College of Criminal Justice completed a semester-long research assignment in partnership with the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab Project.  The project’s goal was to research the readiness of countries to expand alternatives to incarceration (ATIs) for persons with substance use disorders (SUDs).  Students gathered data for 193 UN Member States (plus Palestine, Kosovo and Taiwan) across several factors including legal code, national drug control strategy, public opinion, treatment capacity, and the specific types of ATIs in operation.  Overall, the findings indicated around half of the countries have laws that allow for ATIs for substance use disorders, while less than one-third have national drug control strategies that allow for the development of these alternatives.  The monumental scope of this project - the first of its kind - gives detailed information regarding the status of ATIs for SUDs in each country.  


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