International Conference on Substance Use Disorders 2022 (ICSUD-2022)

International Conference on Substance Use Disorders 2022 (ICSUD-2022)

The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UCP, in collaboration with the phoenix foundation of research and development, organized an international conference on substance use disorders (ICSUD-2022) on 30th and 31st March 2022 at Auditorium, University of Central Punjab.
ICSUD-2022 had the privilege to bring together policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and consumers from diverse disciplines all over the country and internationally.

The conference’s main objective was to bring together eminent researchers, drug specialists, social workers, and scholars from all over the world to highlight current challenges and facts regarding addiction. The focus was on understanding the dynamics of addiction in everyday life, addiction rehabilitation, bio-psychosocial and economic imperatives, patterns of drug-related behaviours, steps and approaches to addressing blocks, and reciprocal impact on society.

The two-day conference was inaugurated by Patron-in-Chief, Dr. Nassar Ikram, Pro-Rector, UCP, followed by opening remarks on substance use disorder by Dr. Noor-ul-Zaman Rafiq, Chief Executive Officer Phoenix Foundation for Research & Development.

The Key Note speaker Dr. Kamran Niaz Epidemiologist Research Branch UNODC head Quarter Viana, highlighted the World and national prevalence of drug use. The Key Note Speaker, Dr. Prapapun, Chucharoen, joined virtually from Mahidol University Thailand to discuss the role of a Psychiatrist in Substance use disorders. Moreover, Brigadier Rashid Minhas, Director of Antinarcotics Force Punjab, and Mr. Rajwal Khan, Senior Program Advisor at UNAIDS, addressed the social risk factors, statistics, and strategic plans for the prevention of substance abuse. Day 1 was concluded with a panel discussion with eminently experienced experts/panellists Dr. Iqbal Naeem, Dr. Uzma Ali, Dr. Usman Amin Hotiana, Mr. Muhammad Ayub, and moderator Dr. Shaiza Hasan shared their experiences, highlights factors, strategies, academic and training courses for professionals, recommendations for general public and prevention for youth followed by a question-answer session.

On day two, The Key Note Speaker Dr. Iqbal Naeem Consultant Psychiatrist, National Health Service UK Hon Senior Lecturer University of Manchester enlightened on the Psychological Impact of hidden Pandemic: screen &|Games Addiction, Guest speaker Dr. Salman Shahzad Associate Professor Institute of Clinical Psychology the University of Karachi addressed the Substance abuse in adolescence: its risk, consequences, and mitigation through the lens of prevention experts, The international Key Note Speaker Mr. Bian How Tay Asia Metropolitan University and Guest Speaker Dr. Cindy Biding Online President of the Organization for Addiction (OAPTAR), Malaysia joined virtually. This was followed by Two Scientific Sessions I and II conducted to increase the academic and research input of the young researchers in the field.