1. Mocktails 2014: Health Ambassadors

    “Mocktails” – Memories of a Night of Fun, 6th Edition


    For the sixth year in a row, Dianova Portugal and Torres Vedras city hall organized "Mocktails 2014", a community-based, health promotion initiative to raise awareness on drug and alcohol-related consequences.  The 2014 edition of the event impacted 5,749 people, an increase of 14% with respect to previous year.

    The "Mocktails 2014" initiative has been held during the week of May 5 to 10, with the collaboration of 41 partners and 44 volunteers operating as "Health Ambassadors"

  2. World Forum Against Drugs

    Opening of the World Forum Against Drugs


    The World Forum Against Drugs (WFAD) opens today May 19 its 4th meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2009, this is a biennial encounter for people who are working on the field of drug abuse prevention at grass-root, on a voluntary basis, professionally or as policy makers.

    Note: The views expressed by the WFAD do not necessarily represent the views of Dianova International. 

  3. Viña del Mar (Chile)

    Dianova Chile Opens New Facility in Viña del Mar


    Dianova recently opened in Viña del Mar (Chile, Valparaiso region), a new, drug treatment facility approved by Chile's National Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SENDA), a government agency attached to the Chile's Ministry of the Interior and Social Security, responsible for the treatment and social reintegration of people with addiction problems. 

  4. Students and professors, Esther del Rio school

    Dianova Nicaragua Foundation and Education


    Education is a multidirectional process which involves awareness-raising, bonding and socializing; it is also a universal human right. The purpose of Dianova Nicaragua is to contribute to the exercise of this right by implementing educational, inclusive spaces where boys and girls can learn, grow and achieve

  5. Social camp

    Social Camp, at the Core of the Experience


    "Paths are made by walking" – Franz Kafka


    What's in common between climbing artificial walls, performing group exercises, sleeping in a tent in the middle of the wood, spending a day in the midst of nature, building a survival shelter with scavenged materials and practicing mountain bike orienteering in a park? 


    All of them are experiences involving people and situations characterized by action, direct participation and high emotional involvement. Experiencing implies transforming everyday life facts into learning. 

  6. Students at Esther del Rio-Las Marias education center (Nicaragua)

    Promoting the Gender Dimension in Human Development


    Editorial by Montse Rafel – Director of Dianova International

    Giving women and girls the same opportunities as men is not only a moral duty but also a necessity. It is a moral duty, because no one can accept that half of humanity be still relegated to menial tasks under the control of males, as women are in too many countries. It is necessary because only through women's and girls' access to quality education can countries and communities achieve their full development.

  7. Ecstasy is making a comeback, INCB report suggests

    Key Trends in the Control of Precursors


    The INCB Annual Report on Precursors, launched with the INCB Annual Report 2013, identifies the gaps that currently exist in the international framework for the control of precursors, which are the chemicals frequently used in the illicit manufacture of drugs and which the international community has decided to schedule under the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

  8. The "Double Lion" brand is used by smugglers in Asia

    INCB Annual Report – Regional Highlights: Asia


    Heroin is still a major concern in East and South-East Asia: governments to expand treatment services and demand reduction strategies – Abuse of pharmaceutical preparations in South Asia, governments take action collectively – In West Asia, illicit opium poppy cultivation threatens security.

    Source : United Nations Information Service (UNIS) and INCB – Dianova International is an NGO accredited to the United Nations Office in Vienna

  9. Prevention campaign (UKi)

    Youth Binge Drinking – Overall Trends


    "Binge drinking" or heavy episodic drinking designates a pattern of alcohol drinking with the primary intention of becoming intoxicated over a short period of time. Widely spread in Anglo-Saxon and Northern Europe countries, this kind of drinking style is booming in many other countries, especially among young people, with the numerous social risks it involves, including violent and impulsive behaviors, loss of control, DUI, altercations, addiction, etc. 

  10. Prescription drug abuse

    “Prescription Drug Abuse – a Growing Threat to Public Health”


    The INCB annual report reveals that prescription drug abuse has become a threat to public health, especially in North America.  It is estimated that in total, more Americans die from prescription drug abuse than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin combined

    Prescription drug abuse – a growing threat to public health 

    According to information provided by Governments in the region, there were approximately 48,000 drug-related deaths in North America in 2011, representing a mortality rate of 155.8 per million inhabitants aged 15-64, the highest rate in the world. While prevalence rates for the abuse of illicit drugs have remained relatively stable, they continue to exceed global averages.