W2. An International perspective focusing on similarities and differences related to substance use disorders in Australia, UK, Portugal and USA

About The Event


According to the World Drug Report (2018) the scope of drugs and drug markets are increasing and spreading globally. The international community needs to step up its responses to cope with these challenges. Members of IntNSA, representing Australia, England, Portugal, and the United States, will come together to share their experience of the similarities and differences between their countries that impact on the successes/failures related to substance use disorders. Topics covered will include historical perspectives, access to care, harm reduction approaches, treatment modalities, impact of COVID 19, among others. As this workshop will be online topics will be divided into ‘learning units’ of 1.5 hours in duration. An opportunity for participants to take “comfort breaks” of 30 mins in between each unit of learning will be provided.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify the historical perspective of each country and understand how history impacts treatment of substance use disorders today (1.5 hrs) (12:00 EST)
  • Participants will be able to describe and learn different concepts and practices of access to treatment for substance use disorders (1.5 hrs) (2:00 pm EST)
  • Participants will be able to define harm reduction and learn different concepts and meaning in the practice of harm reduction (1.5 hrs) (4:00pm EST
  • Participants will be able to identify at least one current and future trends in treatment of substance use disorders in the identified countries. (1.5 hrs) (6:00pm EST)
  • Participants will describe how COVID-19 has impacted the care and practice of those with substance use disorders (1.5hrs) (8:00pm EST)


  • Theresa Fay-Hillier, DrPH, MSN, PMHCNS-BC Drexel University, USA
  • Roseann Regan, PhD, APRN, BC Gwynedd University, USA
  • Dana Murphy-Parker, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN, Front Range Clinic, USA
  • Adrian Jugdoval, PGDip, PGCAP, BSc (Hons), PGCertHE, RGN, RMN, NMP, TCH, FHEA, University of West London, Middlesex University, UK
  • Adam Searby, PhD, RN, Melbourne, Australia
  • Paulo Rosario De Carvalho Seabra, PhD, MSN, BSN, Portugal

Our Speakers

Adam Searby
Adrian Jugdoval
Dana Murphy-Parker
Paulo Rosario De Carvalho Seabra
Roseann Regan
Theresa Fay-Hillier
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