Tagged: Drug Use

NEWS: Overdose Prevention Needs More Focus on Alcohol

Results from a new study suggests more focus on alcohol is necessary in overdose prevention. Researchers from the University of Michigan Addiction Centre surveyed 660 people in a residential recovery centre. They found that 90% had overdosed on alcohol at least once in their lives – blacking out, or suffering alcohol poisoning severe enough to need medical treatment…

NEWS: Germany: Increase in Addictions

According to the the epidemiological addiction survey 2018, in Germany, taking painkillers and cannabis use is increasing. Comparatively smoking cigarettes and alcohol use is going down, but is still one of the highest in the region. Nearly 14% of respondents were dependent on at least one substance. Projected to the population, this is equivalent to 7 million out of 50 million 18- to 64-year-olds…

NEWS: Ethiopia Battles Khat, Alcohol Addiction

Ethiopia is battling khat and alcohol addiction. Khat which is commonly used in the country is understood to be an initiation drug for alcohol. Legally, khat is banned in many countries, although chewing khat is still commonplace in Ethiopia and the wider Horn of Africa region…

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…

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: UNODC: Global Homicide Study Highlights Role of Alcohol

The global homicide study of published by UNODC identifies alcohol and other drugs plays a role in homicides. In the Booklet 1 of the study which contains the Executive Summary, the following is stated, “Drugs and alcohol are linked to crime through three well-recognized mechanisms….”

REPORT: Mexico: The Relationship between Social Inequalities, Substance Use and Violence

alcohol use disorders and drug use were associated with violence and drug involvement regardless of area-level disadvantage. Neighborhood insecurity depended mainly on area-level disadvantage and to an inverse relationship with illicit drug use that needs further study…

NEWS: Israel: Youth at High Risk of Alcohol, Other Drugs, Violence

A new analysis shows 30% of youngsters in Israel are having problems involving alcohol, other drugs, sexual abuse or violence at home…

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…