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Workshop on
Exploring ATS Treatment Availability and Structured Guidelines
in East Asia and the Pacific

 

Participants to the workshop

Participants to the workshop
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JAKARTA (Indonesia), 4 April 2009 - The five-day workshop was co-organized by the Board of National Narcotics (BNN) - Republic of Indonesia, WHO West Pacific Regional Office and UNODC Regional Centre for East Asia and the Pacific. Fifty participants attended this event from Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Delegations from each country comprised senior health professionals, policy makers and law enforcement officers.

The workshop provided a forum to discuss and develop treatment options and structured guidelines to better address the problem of ATS drug use across East Asia and the Pacific. In this Region, treatment for ATS is unstructured and mainly based on opiate treatment. Developing clear and comprehensive guidelines becomes crucial. The objective of the workshop was to develop a clear set of guidelines to provide a uniform pattern of drug treatment incorporating best practices and evidence-based methodologies.

The recommendations stemming from this workshop will be subsequently developed into guidelines that will improve the understanding of treatment options and their effectiveness among service providers operating in the drug field, especially those working in rehabilitation services for young people with ATS dependence.