VOLUME 11, ISSUE 2- Spring 2017
World Perspectives on Substance Abuse Policy
In this edition, we are pleased to present some different perspectives on substance abuse policy from around the world.
In Prevalence and Correlates of Alcohol Consumption during Pregnancy in Georgia: Evidence from a National Survey, a group of researchers and authors based in the U.S and Georgia, examined data from a Georgian national survey to determine the extent of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The findings in their study will provide the foundation for evidence-based prevention strategies that target pregnant and reproductive age women in Georgia. Authors included: Manouchehr Mokhtari, Ph.D.; Anthony Kondracki, MD, MPH; Lasha Kavtaradze, Ph.D.; Jacqueline Wallen, MSW, Ph.D.; Mamak Ashtari, MBA; Gvantsa Piralishvili, Ph.D.; Marina Topuridze, MD; Khatuna Todadze , MD; Lasha Kiladze, MD; and Nino Gachechiladze , MS.
Shane Varcoe and Derek Steenholdt of the Dalgarno Institute in Australia present their paper entitled, Social Determinants and Substance Use: A perspective beyond the policy ‘silo’ pragmatics. The authors analyze the factors and social determinants that have influenced the uptake of illicit drug use in advanced and developing countries and suggest that there is a need to address underlying issues and principles relating to personal responsibility; and at a national level, a need to present a unified approach across government departments in preventing harm from illicit drugs. (Ed. Note: Due to length, we have presented this paper as an abstract with a link to the full paper.)
Our commentary is offered from Pennsylvania State Representative Matt Baker in his piece, The Worst Drug Epidemic in US History. Rep. Baker outlines the morbid, escalating statistics of overdose deaths in his state and the four areas of focus in Pennsylvania’s strategy to battle these drug issues.