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Vol. LXV, No. 22
October 25, 2013

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NIDA Information Reaches Africa, Saudi Arabia

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (rear, c) visits with clinicians in Saudi Arabia.
NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (rear, c) visits with clinicians in Saudi Arabia.
NIDA’s information is reaching individuals around the world. Most recently, a newly developed facility in Ghana, Africa—the Sub-Saharan Drug Abuse Research and Consultancy Center run by Dr. Yahya Affinnih—began displaying NIDA fact sheets and brochures. The center is open to the public and provides materials free of charge. It also serves as a resource for the addictive diseases unit of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana. Logosu Amegashie, head of the unit, sent the following email to NIDA:

“On three different visits, Prof. Affinnih tutored all of us on addiction research in Ghana…At the end of every visit and lecture we were allowed to have access [to] materials from NIDA [on] psychoactive drugs or substances. On our next visit…we are asking that Prof. Affinnih provide us with more materials from NIDA to help us in the areas of prevention, treatment, rehab and aftercare for the substance-dependent person.”

Earlier this year, NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, giving the keynote address at the Second Regional Symposium on Drug Control and Information Sharing. The event was hosted by Saudi Arabia’s ministry of interior affairs, with close to 500 participants from more than 26 countries attending. Volkow met with women clinicians and policymakers regarding substance use disorders and their treatment. “Getting to spend time with the women from Saudi Arabia was the highlight of my trip in Riyadh,” she said. “I was impressed by their commitment, intelligence, respect, warmth and resilience.”

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