Sub-Working Group 3.2

Engaging People with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders

Drug use disorders extensively harm health, including mental health, safety, and well-being. Millions of people suffer from drug use disorders worldwide, of which fewer than 20% receive treatment. Far fewer women than men are able to access the treatment and care they need due to persisting barriers. Besides the highly unequal access circumstances under which treatment systems, services, and programs operate in different regions, a combination of factors, like the limited recognition of treatment needs, the delivery of inadequate interventions, and stigma and discrimination linked to substance use disorders, hinder those requiring adequate and timely care from receiving it. These are some of the main determinants of low coverage and quality in countries' treatment systems, typically developed outside the public sector into fragmented, loosely organized care networks. Therefore, this sub-working group will cover a range of treatment topics in a continuum of care such as drug treatment services and systems, recovery support, harm reduction, and the needs of care professionals for training and credentialing the workforce, expanding services, and ensuring quality service delivery.

April 2024

Agenda

East

  • Leveraging Digital Technologies for Strengthening Capacity on Prevention and Management of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder
  • QA in the Indonesia context
  • Recovery Network 

West

  • Review Recommendations 

February 2024

  • Building and Strengthening Local, National and Global Recovery Networks
  • Network of Support to Deliver and Harm Reduction & Treatment Services to Low-Income and Marginalized Communities
  • Addressing Substance Use among Humanitarian Settings (e.g. refugees, migrants, internally displaced populations, and victims of trafficking)
Remote video URL
SWG 3.2 [EAST]: Engaging People with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders | February 2024
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SWG 3.2 [WEST]: Engaging People with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders | Feb 21 2024

January 2024

  • Interventions for Adolescents and Children with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders
  • Interventions for Women with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders
  • Interventions for LGBTQI+ Populations with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders
Remote video URL
SWG 3.2 East - January - Engaging People with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders
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SWG 3.2 West - January - Engaging People with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders

December 2023

  • Development of Low Threshold Treatment Services: Mainstreaming Substance Use Interventions into Primary Care
  • Recruiting the Nursing Field to Address Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders
  • Quality Assurance in Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Remote video URL
SWG 3.2 East - December - Engaging People with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders
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SWG 3.2 West - December - Engaging People with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders

November 2023

  • Harm Reduction: Comorbid Disorders & Communicable Diseases
  • Opioid Overdose Reversal Strategies and Medication
  • Workforce Development: Specialists in Treatment and Recovery
Remote video URL
SWG 3.2 East - November - Engaging People with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders
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SWG 3.2 West - November - Engaging People with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders

October 2023

  • Framing the Issue
Remote video URL
SWG 3.2 East - October - Engaging People with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders
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SWG 3.2 West - October - Engaging People with Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders