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Author: Drug Free America Foundation, Inc.

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Join us for Drug Free America Foundation’s ‘Pathways to Prevention’ podcast as we engage stakeholders from across the drug demand reduction spectrum including government, academia, clergy, preventionists, treatment professionals, and persons in long-term recovery. Topics of discussion include current trends in the global substance use pandemic, strategies to reduce drug demand, and how to best adapt those strategies to the ever-shifting substance use landscape.
9 Episodes
In this episode we speak with Regina Mattsson on how women are uniquely impacted by substance use in the developing world. We also discuss how we can work towards eliminating treatment barriers whilst strengthening approaches that create more inclusive environments in treatment and recovery for women and children.Regina Mattsson is the Secretary General of WFAD and supported in the implementation of the WFAD 10-year strategic plan to focus particularly on Children’s Rights and Women. As Board Member of UN Women Sweden, Chair of UN Women Gothenburg, and Vice-Chair of GADIP (Gender and Development in Practice), Regina has long experience of women’s rights issues. Regina holds a Bachelor in Social Work and a Master in International Global Studies with focus on Gender issues and Conflict Resolution. Prior to engaging in the WFAD, Regina worked for the City of Gothenburg, Unit of Integration, supporting unaccompanied minors and refugee families arriving in Sweden.
In this month's episode we talk with Pam McColl about marijuana policy north of the border as well as the latest research on prenatal THC exposure. Pamela McColl is a Canadian publishing entrepreneur and advocate of children's issues and smoking cessation, best known for releasing a smoke-free version of the classic Twas The Night Before Christmas.
In this month's episode we meet with Shane Varcoe, Executive Director of the Dalgarno Institute. Join us as we discuss some of the more nuanced aspects of the global drug policy debate including drug use normalization and harm reduction in the Australian context.Shane Varcoe is currently the Executive Director for the Dalgarno Institute (Coalition Of Alcohol & Drug Educators) a long standing Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD), community based, not-for-profit, public interest coalition. As an AOD demand reduction/primary prevention advocate and specialist Affective domain educator, he is the architect of the ‘No Brainer’ alcohol and other drug education project, including the six DVD ‘I Wish I Never…’ secondary school curriculum. Initiated and oversaw development of BOUNCE BACK parent workshops, ‘B.O.W.I’ (Better Off Without it) sporting club AOD education program, ‘The Fence Builder’ and ‘Isabella’s List’ community action. Shane also created Greater Risk the 21 Be There Campaign around alcohol and young people, and now has Dalgarno Institute as the lead agency in a nationwide consortium looking at the youth alcohol misuse issue.He has authored a number of papers along with paper The Most Effective Drug Pusher Ever – Permission. A précised edition published in The Journal of Global Drug Policy & Practice. Latest contributions to the sector literature include, Social Determinants and Substance Use, and Stigma, Drug Use – and the Proactive Contagions to Reduce Both.
We chat with Dave Closson, director of the mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center to discuss the role of motivational interviewing in campus prevention and the importance of building connection in disparate prevention organizations.  Dave is a national expert on substance misuse prevention and law enforcement. He is the author of the Amazon Best Seller, “Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police.” Dave was named to the “Top 40 Under 40 Military Class of 2016” by Military Transition News. He is currently the owner of DJC Solutions LLC, a national training and consulting company.‌Dave also serves as the Director of the Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center. He previously worked as a T/TA Specialist for SAMHSA's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies and was formerly the Assistant Director of the Illinois Higher Education Center. Dave brings a unique experience to substance misuse prevention, having served as a Police Officer at Eastern Illinois University (EIU).‌Dave is proud to have served in the Illinois Army National Guard for 6 years and was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was award two Army Commendation Medals, one for valor and one for meritorious service, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, National Defense Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
In this episode we are joined by guest Boro Goic, a  founding member of the Recovered Users Network (RUN). We not only discuss Boro's personal journey to recovery and the important work RUN is doing, but we also touch on the importance of establishing recovery oriented systems of care in communities throughout the world.  Further points of discussion include the still-persistent stigma around addiction and recovery and the importance of giving persons in long-term recovery a voice in shaping drug policies at the international level.  
Join us as we meet with Augusto Nogueira, Executive Director of the Association for Rehabilitation of Drug Users  in Macau (ARTM). We talk about ARTM's unique approach to treating addiction and re-integrating addicts into society through long-term aftercare, skills training, and the arts. 
Join our discussion with economist and public health  expert Theo Caputi  as we discuss how the marijuana industry uses poorly-designed research to  market their products and make unsubstantiated claims regarding health benefits and safety. We also discuss the economic and societal costs of marijuana legalization.Theodore Caputi is a public health and economics researcher and a second-year Ph.D. student in the Economics program at MIT. He is also the author of the Behavioral Health Matters blog for Psychology Today. Theo’s work has been featured in journals such as Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Pediatrics, Health Affairs, Addiction, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, and Tobacco Control and in news outlets such as The New York Times, the LA Times and CNN.
In this episode, Dr. Mohr joins with Dichen Choden, Program Officer with the Colombo Plan’s Drug Advisory Program, to discuss her pilot project to train Afghan teachers in the Universal Prevention Curriculum.
An author, consultant, former advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, assistant professor, and the President and CEO of SAM, Dr. Kevin Sabet joins us simultaneously with the launch of his new book, SmokeScreen: What the Marijuana Industry Doesn't Want You to Know. 
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