UNODC participated in the Society for Prevention Research Annual meeting

29 May - 1 June 2018, Washington DC, USA: Society for Prevention Research Annual meeting "Optimizing the relevance of prevention Science to Systems" was organized this year in Washington where many researchers had an opportunity to present the findings of prevention study trials. Following the goals and objectives of the Society for Prevention Research to promote etiological and program development research and high-quality prevention science that will influence prevention policies vast of highly informative and scientifically stimulating results were presented sparking the interactive discussion among the scientific society.

UNODC had an opportunity to present the recently promoted UNODC-WHO International Standards on drug use prevention ( https://www.unodc.org/documents/prevention/standards_180412.pdf) to a group of experts during the International Networking Forum session, highlighting the strategic importance of this document and its comparative advantage with the first edition of International Standards.  Furthermore, as a result of technical support of UNODC provided to Member States, evidence based interventions that were evaluated on their effectiveness were showcased at the SPR Annual meeting. Results of the UNODC-LCIF (Lions Clubs International Foundation) multi-site case control trials of Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence in South Eastern Europe were presented as part of the "Implementation of school based programmes to improve behavior and social emotional learning" interactive session, stressing the identified positive outcomes in intervention group of students comparing to the comparison group on substance use in the last 30 days and intention to use substances in the next three months among users.

In addition, a very informative work on family skills programmes for families in challenging settings was showcased as poster presentation "A multi-level parenting skills package for families living in challenging settings (including refugees, internally displaced people and others)" presenting the efforts and results of UNODC in this particular field of work.