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UNDOC, government kicks off training programmes on drug prevention.

Islamabad -- United Nations office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) has launched a pilot training programme in Pakistan on drug use prevention in line with the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Narcotics Control and USA.

On UPC, around 20 professionals from education, health, media, and non-governmental organizations will be trained as master trainers on drug prevention; who will then cascade the trainings in their respective specialties and regions, on how to plan and coordinate drug prevention programmes.

On UTC, as noted above around 100 drug treatment professionals: doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers from the 4 provinces of Pakistan and AJK participated in this training, comprising 9 courses on drug treatment in the previous 6 months, at 3 locations: Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad. The trainers for these trainings were ICAP (International Certified Addiction Professionals) professionals (doctors, psychologists, and sociologists) working in Pakistan in both government and private sectors.

Since 2010, the Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) has supported the development of the global training series appropriate for the certification of addiction professionals in the South Asia region. The overall goal of the UTC training series is to reduce the significant health, social, and economic problems associated with substance use disorders (SUDs) by building international treatment capacity through training, professionalizing, and expanding the global treatment workforce. The training prepares counsellors and other health providers for professional certification at the entry level, by providing the latest information on SUDs and their treatment.

A large scale impact in advancing the capacity of the prevention workforce in Pakistan is being pursued via adapting and disseminating the three UPC coordinators series modules, which are: -

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jan 30, 2019
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