Closing of the sessions of the conference “World Association of Professionals of Treatment and Rehabilitation of Psychotropic Substances” in Abu Dhabi

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Sharjah – by Ayman Al-Fateh – Conference Sessions of the World Association of Specialists in the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Psychotropic Substance Abuse, held for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa, under the auspices of His Highness the Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, concluded.

The conference was organized by the National Rehabilitation Center in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the US Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the World Association for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Psychotropic Substance Abuse Professionals. under the slogan “Joining the efforts of the international community to meet the challenge of addiction”.

The latest knowledge in the field of prevention of psychotropic substance abuse, treatment, support for recovery, exchange of experiences in the field of protection against psychotropic substances were presented at the conference, while the conference participants presented the latest developments. , studies and research in the field of treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of psychotropic substances, through the exchange of reliable scientific experiences with evidence of their applications.

The conference, which was held at the National Exhibition Center in Abu Dhabi “ADNEC”, witnessed the participation of 2300 participants from experts and specialists in the field of prevention and treatment of psychotropic substances from 119 countries, in addition to 36 scientific sessions and 21 seminars. , and scientific presentations will continue on the conference page until June 20, as conference attendees have the opportunity to benefit from the conference and interact with presentations that exceed 150 hours of continuous broadcast.

During the conference, the official announcement of the issuance of International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Abuse in Arabic, standards developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization to support Member States in their efforts to develop and expand effective, evidence-based and ethical treatment for drug use disorders.

The African Union, which is holding its continental consultations for the Union Commission in the framework of the Conference, launched the Global Drug Demand Reduction Dialogue between Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean and stressed the need for exploration and cooperation in the exchange of concrete ideas. to improve prevention of addiction to psychotropic substances, treatment and care.

During the conference, the International Union for Quality Assurance in the Treatment of Disorders of the Use of Psychotropic Substances was established, which aims to ensure the right of persons suffering from these disorders to receive quality treatment like all other groups, so that this syndicate to serve as an umbrella for various quality assurance organizations, through which quality standards are adopted adopted by these organizations, the Federation also takes care of treatment service providers and provides them with the necessary support to approved by her. The inauguration of this union was announced at a scientific symposium chaired by Dr. Tariq Abdel Gawad, Director of the Department of Treatment and Rehabilitation at the National Rehabilitation Center in Abu Dhabi, in which Dr. Mariano Montenegro, Director of the Colombo Plan Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and Brian Morales, Head of the Narcotics Control Branch at the Office of International Affairs. substance use by Colombo Plan Drug. Advisory Program, which is a reference manual for the management of treatment services for people with substance use disorders in accordance with the “Key Quality Standards” for international organizations.

The conference hosted the announcement and honoring of the winners of the World Association of Psychotropic Substances Treatment and Rehabilitation Award, where the award was announced for the best evidence-based scientific initiative in the field of reducing the demand for psychotropic substances, including projects, programs . , campaigns and political actions from around the world.

The award was won by the Claremont Graduate University of the Claremont Graduate School of Preventive Sciences and its Media Application Program, in which participants build their knowledge and skills in using the media to prevent the abuse of psychotropic substances, led by Dr. William Crano, Professor of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University in California, who said: This conference in Abu Dhabi exceeded all expectations and raised the ceiling of excellence to the highest levels. The smooth collaboration between the National Rehabilitation Center and its partners, and their moral generosity, character and actions, provided participants with a creative environment to achieve the conference’s goal of uniting the global community. Yes, winning the award is a great honor for me, but your hospitality will remain in my memory for much longer. ”

The award was also announced for the best initiative in the field of reducing the demand for psychotropic substances at the regional level, which this year was awarded to initiatives from the Middle East region Use of psychotropic substances and winning initiative in which the fully equipped kitchen was inaugurated and every prisoner of the association is taught how to cook traditional cakes and then the products are traded so that the prisoners in the association learn a new craft and the association has a steady income, within 14. A months spent by each resident of the association.

The Association announced the Award for Services in Reducing Demand for Psychotropic Substances, to honor individuals for their outstanding contribution in the field of Demand Reduction for Psychotropic Substances locally, nationally or internationally.

The award in the category (Lifetime Achievement) was won by Dr. Steve Jost, former Director of International Program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the United States.

An award of excellence was also announced, which is given to honor individuals for their outstanding contribution to the field of training to reduce the demand for psychotropic substances.

A five-day Central Asian government symposium on the use of psychotropic substances was held at the conference, with government representatives from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in addition to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. and other international organizations working in Central Asia.

The symposium discussed the reduction in demand for psychotropic substances in Central Asia, the continuation of treatment in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, alternatives to imprisonment, mental health, and substance use disorders in prisons.

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