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WHO LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HALT SMOKING IN AFRICA

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  2. WHO LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HALT SMOKING IN AFRICA
  3. SYRIA: TOUGH NEW LAW AGAINST KILLER TOBACCO
  4. CHINA: SMOKING DEATHS TO DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT DECADE
  5. DRAFT GLOBAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE
  6. REPORT ON ALCOHOL PRICING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  7. ALCOHOL ADVERTISING IN NEW MEDIA: TRENDS IN ALCOHOL MARKETING
  8. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BILL REPEALING A 21-YEAR-OLD BAN ON FINANCING NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS
  9. NEW COMORBIDITY RESOURCE FOR THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FIELD
  10. INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY LAUNCHED
  11. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The World Health Organization has launched a campaign to try to stop what could become a health catastrophe caused by rapidly rising levels of smoking in Africa. The agency said it wanted to stop tobacco from becoming as prevalent in Africa as it is in other parts of the world and would set up a regional hub in 2010 for health experts to work with governments to introduce anti-smoking policies. The WHO's expert on non-communicable diseases, Ala Alwan, said in a statement, ‘Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of illness and death. Unchecked, it will kill more than 8 million people per year by 2030, with more than 80% of those deaths occurring in developing countries’. Some African countries have introduced measures such as smoking bans but most have not. Experts fear that if current trends continue, the continent faces a surge in cancer cases and deaths from smoking. Alwan also said that smoking was not just a health problem, but an economic one too. ‘Tobacco breeds poverty, killing people in their most productive years,’ he said. ‘It consumes family and health-care budgets. Also, money spent on tobacco products is money not spent on such essentials as education, food and medicine’. According to a Reuters report, experts at the WHO regional hub will work with governments to help them introduce and enforce policies such as smoke-free public places and bans on tobacco advertising and sponsorship for sports and other events. The work will be financed in part by a $10-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Sources:

Reuters, 4 December 2009. Available at: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5B31PA20091204

SYRIA: TOUGH NEW LAW AGAINST KILLER TOBACCO

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  2. WHO LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HALT SMOKING IN AFRICA
  3. SYRIA: TOUGH NEW LAW AGAINST KILLER TOBACCO
  4. CHINA: SMOKING DEATHS TO DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT DECADE
  5. DRAFT GLOBAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE
  6. REPORT ON ALCOHOL PRICING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  7. ALCOHOL ADVERTISING IN NEW MEDIA: TRENDS IN ALCOHOL MARKETING
  8. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BILL REPEALING A 21-YEAR-OLD BAN ON FINANCING NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS
  9. NEW COMORBIDITY RESOURCE FOR THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FIELD
  10. INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY LAUNCHED
  11. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

Reuters reports that tougher anti-smoking laws in Syria have been signed by President Bashar al-Assad and are due to come into force in early 2010. The laws will ban smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars, hospitals, sports halls and cinemas. The law covers cigarettes and cigars as well as traditional ‘shisha’ water pipes. According to the Syrian Society for Countering Cancer, 60% of adult men and 23% of women smoke; 98% of people are said to be affected by passive smoking. The Syrian government had already passed several laws regulating the tobacco industry and smoking, and banning tobacco advertising and smoking in government offices and public transport. As with other countries, some people, such as cafe owners and others with vested interests, claim the ban will be unenforceable and will affect business.

Source: Reuters, 3 December 2009. http://tiny.cc/CkpSF

CHINA: SMOKING DEATHS TO DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT DECADE

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  2. WHO LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HALT SMOKING IN AFRICA
  3. SYRIA: TOUGH NEW LAW AGAINST KILLER TOBACCO
  4. CHINA: SMOKING DEATHS TO DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT DECADE
  5. DRAFT GLOBAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE
  6. REPORT ON ALCOHOL PRICING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  7. ALCOHOL ADVERTISING IN NEW MEDIA: TRENDS IN ALCOHOL MARKETING
  8. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BILL REPEALING A 21-YEAR-OLD BAN ON FINANCING NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS
  9. NEW COMORBIDITY RESOURCE FOR THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FIELD
  10. INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY LAUNCHED
  11. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

Reuters News reports that health experts predict that smoking deaths in China, home to the world's largest smoking population, will double to two million a year by 2020 if the country does not do more to reduce tobacco use. China currently has an estimated 300 million smokers who consume a third of the world's cigarettes. Nearly 60% of men in China smoke, puffing an average of 15 cigarettes per day. According to a study commissioned by the Paris-based International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, one million Chinese die each year from smoking-related illnesses, and that figure will increase to two million by 2020. Seven Chinese cities (Hangzhou, Shenyang, Tianjin, Nanchang, Shenzhen, Lanzhou and Chongqing) will enact laws in 2010 to ban smoking in healthcare facilities, government buildings, public transportation and private work places, said Sinead Jones, director of tobacco control at the Union. China's tobacco industry generated tax and profit amounting to 7.6% of Chinese central government revenues in 2005, and the industry employs half a million people.

Source: Reuters News, 4 December 2009. http://tinyurl.com/ybxnh4a

DRAFT GLOBAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE

  1. Top of page
  2. WHO LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HALT SMOKING IN AFRICA
  3. SYRIA: TOUGH NEW LAW AGAINST KILLER TOBACCO
  4. CHINA: SMOKING DEATHS TO DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT DECADE
  5. DRAFT GLOBAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE
  6. REPORT ON ALCOHOL PRICING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  7. ALCOHOL ADVERTISING IN NEW MEDIA: TRENDS IN ALCOHOL MARKETING
  8. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BILL REPEALING A 21-YEAR-OLD BAN ON FINANCING NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS
  9. NEW COMORBIDITY RESOURCE FOR THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FIELD
  10. INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY LAUNCHED
  11. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

In a major step forward for global health, the WHO secretariat released its draft global alcohol strategy in December 2009. In Resolution WHA61.4 (Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol), the Health Assembly requested the Director-General to submit to the Sixty-third World Health Assembly, through the Executive Board, a draft global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol. The Health Assembly urges Member States to:

  • 1
    adopt and implement the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol as appropriate in order to complement and support public health policies in Member States to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, and to mobilize political will and financial resources for that purpose;
  • 2
    continue implementation of the resolutions WHA61.4 on the strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol and WHA58.26 on public-health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol;
  • 3
    ensure that implementation of the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol strengthens the national efforts to protect at-risk populations, young people and those affected by harmful drinking of others;
  • 4
    ensure that implementation of the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol is reflected in the national monitoring systems and reported regularly to WHO's information system on alcohol and health.

The strategy identifies 10 recommended target policy options and interventions available for national action, which should be seen as supportive and complementary to each other:

  • (a) 
    leadership, awareness and commitment
  • (b) 
    health services' response
  • (c) 
    community action
  • (d) 
    drink–driving policies and countermeasures
  • (e) 
    availability of alcohol
  • (f) 
    marketing of alcoholic beverages
  • (g) 
    pricing policies
  • (h) 
    reducing the negative consequences of drinking and alcohol intoxication
  • (i) 
    reducing the public health impact of illicit alcohol and informally produced alcohol
  • (j) 
    monitoring and surveillance.

REPORT ON ALCOHOL PRICING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

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  2. WHO LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HALT SMOKING IN AFRICA
  3. SYRIA: TOUGH NEW LAW AGAINST KILLER TOBACCO
  4. CHINA: SMOKING DEATHS TO DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT DECADE
  5. DRAFT GLOBAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE
  6. REPORT ON ALCOHOL PRICING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  7. ALCOHOL ADVERTISING IN NEW MEDIA: TRENDS IN ALCOHOL MARKETING
  8. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BILL REPEALING A 21-YEAR-OLD BAN ON FINANCING NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS
  9. NEW COMORBIDITY RESOURCE FOR THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FIELD
  10. INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY LAUNCHED
  11. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia has released a report on alcohol pricing which summarises much of the current evidence into a policy-friendly format in time to feed into discussions of the planned replacement of the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) with the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in July 2010. ‘Alcohol Pricing, Public Health and the HST: Proposed Incentives for BC Drinkers to Make Healthy Choices’ makes a number of specific recommendations for the local taxation formula. The report concludes that there exists a window of opportunity for BC to review and update its alcohol pricing policies based on the state-of-the-art knowledge. It presents the case for altering the current approach to maintain or slightly increase the benefits from alcohol while reducing alcohol-related costs. Three basic principles serve as the backbone to this approach: (i) setting and enforcing a minimum price per standard drink, (ii) adjusting mark-ups so that price incentives are created for lower alcohol content beverages and price disincentives are created for high alcohol content beverages, and (iii) adjust the minimum social reference price and mark-ups based on inflation at least yearly. A careful introduction of these strategies would significantly reduce the 2000 alcohol-related deaths in BC each year along with the many alcohol-related hospitalizations, crime events, social harms and related economic costs.

The report can be downloaded from: http://www.carbc.ca

ALCOHOL ADVERTISING IN NEW MEDIA: TRENDS IN ALCOHOL MARKETING

  1. Top of page
  2. WHO LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HALT SMOKING IN AFRICA
  3. SYRIA: TOUGH NEW LAW AGAINST KILLER TOBACCO
  4. CHINA: SMOKING DEATHS TO DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT DECADE
  5. DRAFT GLOBAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE
  6. REPORT ON ALCOHOL PRICING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  7. ALCOHOL ADVERTISING IN NEW MEDIA: TRENDS IN ALCOHOL MARKETING
  8. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BILL REPEALING A 21-YEAR-OLD BAN ON FINANCING NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS
  9. NEW COMORBIDITY RESOURCE FOR THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FIELD
  10. INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY LAUNCHED
  11. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The European Centre for Monitoring Alcohol Marketing has released a report on alcohol advertising in new media. While European figures are not publicly available, the report examines American alcohol advertising expenditure figures to show that new media investments by the industry are relatively small compared to other media, but are increasing fast. It found that relatively small investments in alcohol marketing expenditures reflect the low costs and easy accessibility of new media. The report shows how advertisers capitalize on the possibilities of new media by creating interactive marketing that is more and more personalized to attract specific target groups. The report also shows how alcohol advertisers attract young people by approaching them directly through email and at several social network sites, through banners on popular websites, and by creating fan clubs.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BILL REPEALING A 21-YEAR-OLD BAN ON FINANCING NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS

  1. Top of page
  2. WHO LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HALT SMOKING IN AFRICA
  3. SYRIA: TOUGH NEW LAW AGAINST KILLER TOBACCO
  4. CHINA: SMOKING DEATHS TO DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT DECADE
  5. DRAFT GLOBAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE
  6. REPORT ON ALCOHOL PRICING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  7. ALCOHOL ADVERTISING IN NEW MEDIA: TRENDS IN ALCOHOL MARKETING
  8. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BILL REPEALING A 21-YEAR-OLD BAN ON FINANCING NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS
  9. NEW COMORBIDITY RESOURCE FOR THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FIELD
  10. INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY LAUNCHED
  11. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The New York Times reports that President Obama has signed a bill repealing a 21-year-old ban on federal financing for programs that supply clean needles to drug addicts. The bill brought an end to a long and bitter struggle between the public health establishment and ideologues in Congress who had closed their eyes to studies showing that making clean needles available to addicts slowed the rate of infection from HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, without increasing drug use. Congress voted to withhold federal money in 1988, at the very height of the AIDS epidemic. The passage of the new bill will bring the USA into line with other developed countries around the world that have run such programs for over 2 decades. The New York Times editorializes that ‘It's good to see that Congress has finally come to its senses. But elected officials on both sides of the aisle will need to show considerably more courage the next time shortsighted lawmakers try to substitute political ideology for sound medical judgment’.

Source: The New York Times, 25 December 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/26/opinion/26sat3.html?_r=2

NEW COMORBIDITY RESOURCE FOR THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FIELD

  1. Top of page
  2. WHO LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HALT SMOKING IN AFRICA
  3. SYRIA: TOUGH NEW LAW AGAINST KILLER TOBACCO
  4. CHINA: SMOKING DEATHS TO DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT DECADE
  5. DRAFT GLOBAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE
  6. REPORT ON ALCOHOL PRICING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  7. ALCOHOL ADVERTISING IN NEW MEDIA: TRENDS IN ALCOHOL MARKETING
  8. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BILL REPEALING A 21-YEAR-OLD BAN ON FINANCING NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS
  9. NEW COMORBIDITY RESOURCE FOR THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FIELD
  10. INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY LAUNCHED
  11. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The Australian National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has released ‘Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings’. The Guidelines were developed by NDARC in collaboration with clinicians, researchers, consumers and carers from across Australia. The purpose of the Guidelines is to provide alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers with up-to-date, evidence-based information on the management of comorbid mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings. A limited number of hard copies are currently being disseminated to all AOD treatment services across Australia. Additional copies and resources may be downloaded from: http://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/comorbidity

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY LAUNCHED

  1. Top of page
  2. WHO LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HALT SMOKING IN AFRICA
  3. SYRIA: TOUGH NEW LAW AGAINST KILLER TOBACCO
  4. CHINA: SMOKING DEATHS TO DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT DECADE
  5. DRAFT GLOBAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE
  6. REPORT ON ALCOHOL PRICING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  7. ALCOHOL ADVERTISING IN NEW MEDIA: TRENDS IN ALCOHOL MARKETING
  8. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BILL REPEALING A 21-YEAR-OLD BAN ON FINANCING NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS
  9. NEW COMORBIDITY RESOURCE FOR THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FIELD
  10. INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY LAUNCHED
  11. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, dedicated to developing and promoting innovative and high quality legal and human rights scholarship on issues related to drug laws, policy and enforcement, was launched in December 2009. The Centre will publish original, peer reviewed research on drug issues as they relate to international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and public international law, and foster research on drug policy issues among postgraduate law and human rights students at universities and colleges around the world. The Centre has also established The International Yearbook on Human Rights and Drug Policy, a peer reviewed law journal focusing exclusively on human rights and drug policy.

CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

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  2. WHO LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HALT SMOKING IN AFRICA
  3. SYRIA: TOUGH NEW LAW AGAINST KILLER TOBACCO
  4. CHINA: SMOKING DEATHS TO DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT DECADE
  5. DRAFT GLOBAL STRATEGY TO REDUCE HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE
  6. REPORT ON ALCOHOL PRICING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  7. ALCOHOL ADVERTISING IN NEW MEDIA: TRENDS IN ALCOHOL MARKETING
  8. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BILL REPEALING A 21-YEAR-OLD BAN ON FINANCING NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS
  9. NEW COMORBIDITY RESOURCE FOR THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FIELD
  10. INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY LAUNCHED
  11. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

Fourth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, 15–16 March 2010, Santa Monica, California, USA. Website: http://www.rand.org/multi/dprc/issdp2010/index.html

Alcohol and Violence: Relationships, Causality, and Policy, a thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society, 15–18 March 2010, Melbourne, Australia. Website: http://www.kettilbruun.org/Violence_Melb.htm

18th Annual Public Health Forum: Confronting the Public Health Crisis, 24–25 March 2010, Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth, UK. Website: http://www.ukpha.org.uk/annual-public-health-forum.aspx

Society of Behavioural Medicine 31st Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, 7–10 April 2010, Seattle Sheraton, Seattle, Washington, USA. Website: http://www.sbm.org/meeting/2010/

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 41st Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, 15–18 April 2010, San Francisco, California, USA. Website: http://www.asam.org/AnnualMeeting.html

The Royal College of General Practitioners 15th National Conference: Working with Drug and Alcohol Users in Primary Care, 22–23 April 2010, SECC, Glasgow, UK. Website: http://www.smmgp.org.uk/html/rcgpconference.php#2010

Harm Reduction 2010: IHRA's 21st International Conference, 25–29 April 2010, Liverpool, England. Website: http://www.ihra.net/Liverpool/Home

32nd Annual Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists (SALIS) Conference, 27–30 April 2010, New York City, New York, USA. Website: http://salis.org/conference/conference.html

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers Annual Conference, 22–25 May 2010, La Cantera Resort, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Website: http://www.naatp.org/conferences/annualconference.php

The American Psychiatric Association's 2010 Annual Meeting, 22–26 May 2010, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Website: http://www.neworleanscvb.com/mini/index.cfm/minisiteID/47/hit/1/

Association for Psychological Science 22cd Annual Convention, 27–10 May 2010, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Website: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/convention/

36th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society, 31 May-4 June 2010, Lausanne, Switzerland. Website: http://www.kbs2010.ch/

The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 18th Annual Meeting: Cells to Society: Prevention at All Levels, 1–4 June 2010, Denver, Colorado, USA. The International Program and the Prevention Research Branch of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host the 3rd Annual NIDA International SPR Poster Session at this event. Website: http://www.preventionresearch.org/meeting.php

Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP) 2010 World Congress, 6–10 June 2010, Hong Kong, China. Website: http://www.cinp2010.com

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Forum: Drug Policy, Research, and the Public Good, 11–15 June 2010, Fairmont Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Website: http://international.drugabuse.gov/information/intl_forum_2010.html

The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 72cd Annual Meeting, 12–17 June 2010, The Fairmont Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Website: http://www.cpdd.vcu.edu/

2010 UK National Smoking Cessation Conference, 14–15 June 2010, Radisson Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland. Website: http://www.uknscc.org/2010_UKNSCC/intro.html

Inaugural National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Conference (NIDAC 2010), 16–18 June 2010, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia. Website: http://www.nidaconference.com.au/

4th European Alcohol Policy Conference, 16–18 June 2010, Brussels, Belgium. Website: http://www.eurocare.org/press/upcoming_events/4th_european_alcohol_policy_conference_16_18_june_2010_brussels

The International Narcotics Research Conference, 11–16 July 2010, Hilton Hotel, Malmö, Sweden. Website: http://www.inrcworld.org/2010/2010mtg.htm

The International AIDS Society's 18th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010), 18–23 July 2010, Vienna, Austria. Website: http://www.aids2010.org/

Translational Research in Methamphetamine Addiction Conference, 19–21 July 2010, Chico Hot Springs and Day Spa, Pray, Montana. Website: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/neurosciences/TRMA2010/

The 20th Annual Symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, 24–27 July 2010, Scandic Star, Lund, Sweden. Website: http://www.cannabinoidsociety.org/SYMPOSIUM.2010/index.html

International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ISBRA) 2010 Congress, 13–16 September 2010, Paris, France. Website: http://www.isbra2010paris.org/

International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) Annual Meeting, 30 September—3 October 2010, Hotel Josef, Prague, Czech Republic

The International Society of Addiction Medicine 12th Annual Meeting, 4–7 October 2010, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy. Website: http://www.isam2010.medicina.unimib.it/

The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence National Conference, 23–27 October 2010, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Website: http://www.aatod.org/2010chicago.html

Addictions 2010. The New Frontier in Addiction Treatment: Evidence-Based Policy and Practice, 28–31 October 2010, Sheraton National, Arlington, VA, USA. Website: http://www.addictions-conference.elsevier.com

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, 6–10 November 2010, Denver, Colorado, USA. Website: http://www.apha.org/meetings/

53rd International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA) Conference on Dependencies, 7–12 November 2010, Cancún, Mexico. Website: http://www.icaa.ch/mexico2010.html

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, 13–17 November, San Diego, California, USA. Website: http://www.sfn.org/am2010/

Alcohol Policy Conference Series #15: Policies for Reducing Problems Associated with Alcohol Availability. 5–7 December 2010, Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, USA. A thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society, organized by the Silver Gate Group. Website: http://www.silvergategroup.com/ap15/index.htm

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