The International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) supports the rapid improvement in competencies and skills among current and future generations of addiction professionals to meet the increasing demand for prevention, treatment and public health services. Toward this end, the ICUDDR facilitates networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and public health interventions. It also pursues related applied addictions research, outreach and advocacy.
The ICUDDR supports the formation of academic programs in addiction studies at a time when demand is at an all-time high. Currently, many institutions are establishing addiction specialties in medicine due to the opioid epidemic, and many physicians and other health care professionals could benefit from continuing education to prevent and treat substance use disorders. Creation of effective academic programs in addiction studies hinges on the awareness that new and enhanced prevention and treatment systems and services require a specialized and multidisciplinary workforce that is educated and trained to deliver these services.
We envision worldwide training and transformation of the addictions prevention and treatment workforces by harnessing the power of university networks applying cutting-edge addiction science. ICUDDR intends to help organize a worldwide network of universities to implement academic programs in addiction studies, and to support applied research, outreach and advocacy, and dissemination of evidence-based practices in prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.