Topic: Illicit Drugs

NEWS: Week #33 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, insights into Big Alcohol revelations as well as some outstanding blog posts from IOGT’s Global Voices.
Content for week 33:
Alcohol policy updates come from the Philippines (alcohol taxation), Kenya (burden of addictive substances and behaviors), Myanmar (rising mental health problem), Denmark (rising youth alcohol use) and New Zealand (10 years of government failure in alcohol policy)…
Fresh science updates are about alcohol policy and initmate partner homicides as well as effective components of adolescent mental health programs…
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes beer giants’ turf war in South Africa (and other countries)…
On our Global Voices Blog Portal we have two new stories: Nils writes about the alcohol problem of the Norwegian Oil Fund, and Tunga writes about his contemplations from Egypt and the African Union meeting on drug policy and health…

BLOG: Contemplations from Egypt: Ancient Wisdom For 21st Century Drug Policy

In this blog post, Tunga reflects about the discussions (and those that were NOT taking place) at the Third Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Specialized Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control (STC-HPDC-3), which he attended for IOGT International in Cairo, Egypt. His contemplations merge ancient Chinese wisdom about health into the 21st century debate about alcohol and other drug policy and control…

NEWS: Kenya: Alcohol, Other Drugs, Gambling Fuel School Drop-Out

The recent County Dialogues Report reveals drugs and gambling as leading causes for children dropping out of school in Kenya.
The report covers a range of causative factors for poor educational performance and kids dropping out of school in Kenya. These factors include alcohol, drug use and gambling…

NEWS: Week #31 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
Special Feature:
Members news from Ghana where GhanAPA was launched with the support of the IOGT movement.
For week 31, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from New Delhi, India, Hungary, Ukraine and Scotland.
Fresh science updates are about the digital world, labelling awareness among youth and alcohol policy in Ontario, Canada.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes the tobacco and alcohol giants invested in Big Marijuana, Heineken in Kenya, and political interference in Australia and The Gambia…

NEWS: Big Alcohol, Big Tobacco Giants Invested in Marijuana

Both Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco giants are investing in the marijuana market as global sales for cannabis increases, providing more proof of the inter-links of addiction industries. Among companies that have invested in marijuana are, Constellation brands, Altria, Molson Coors Brewing, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)…

MEMBER NEWS: Swedish IOGT-NTO Movement Criticizes Pension Fund’s Investment in Cannabis Industry

IOGT-NTO has expressed their objection to the recent move by the Swedish Pension Fund AP7 investing in two of the world’s largest cannabis companies. Investment into the two cannabis companies have taken place in funds where about half the Swedish population has holdings. This move was done despite the AP funds’ ethics council recommendation for AP funds to exclude companies which manufacture cannabis products. The investment by AP7 is even more serious as it has transgressed their own ethics… 

NEWS: Chile: President Announces Prevention Initiative

The President of Chile Sebastián Piñera has announced launching of a new prevention initiative in cooperation with Planet Youth. This project named ‘El Plan Elige Vivir sin Drogas’ is in response to the growing harm substance use is causing the youth of the South American region. The goal of the project is to reduce the rates of substance use and abuse among adolescents in all participating municipalities. The project also aims to build a permanent capacity at all levels that support the implementation of the Icelandic Prevention Approach… 

NEWS: New Drug Policy Report: PEOPLE’S VOICE

Drug Policy Futures has launched a brand new report assessing the last ten years of the response to the world drug problem and charting the way ahead for the coming decade.
The report is written by IOGT International President Kristina Sperkova and was made possible by funding from FORUT, the development branch of the Norwegian IOGT movement…

EVENT: Communities Speak

Welcome to a one day conference organized by IOGT International on the margins of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. This much needed event aims to gather communities, community activists and organizations that seek to reduce drug use prevalence through evidence-based prevention and treatment activities rooted in a health and rights-centered approach…