The grand finale of the 7th ICCE-ASCAD Conference on Addictions “Evidence-based Interventions: Saving Lives, Saving Costs” attended by 507 participants representing 26 countries took place at Melaka Ballroom of the Equatorial hotel, Melaka, Malaysia on 13th of October 2016. The Chief Guest, Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, Hon. Deputy Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Malaysia, representing the Hon. Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, graced the closing ceremony. In her speech she underlined the importance of the implementation of evidence-based interventions in drug demand reduction.
Picture 1. Closing Ceremony of 7th ICCE-ASCAD International Conference on Addictions
Concluding the closing ceremony, on behalf of the organisers, the Colombo Plan ICCE, Asian Cities Against Drugs (ASCAD) and Melaka Historical City Council, National Anti-Drug Agency (NADA), and Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. State Department. Mr. Tay Bian How, ICCE Director, presented the conference resolutions.
of 7th ICCE-ASCAD International Conference on Addictions
i Melaka Historic City Council will continue to host the ASCAD Conference biannually to enable addiction professionals to be updated on the advances in addiction science as well as enable the sharing of evidence- based practices
- All city mayor’s offices are to take a catalytic action by initiating a permanent programme against drugs to combat the prevailing drug menace in their respective cities
iii. Evidence-based interventions will be advocated and implemented in all settings for prevention, treatment and recovery
- Training and credentialing the drug demand reduction workforce is key to ensure the quality of services and care to their beneficiaries
- Strategies in prevention and treatment should respect the individual’s dignityand adhere to human rights in accordance with the United Nations international standards on prevention and treatment
- Recovery is strength-based and should tailor to the plethora of needs of the individual client
vii. Prevention should begin early, addiction is treatable and manageable, and recovery is possible.
The five days’ event featuring the Symposium on Addiction Studies, the special satellite meeting of Asian Cities Against Drugs (ASCAD) and seven concurrent training tracks on treatment and prevention became a platform for professional development, socialising, and networking for people with various backgrounds, such as policy makers, medical doctors, lecturers, psychologists, social workers, and persons in recovery.
The International Recovery Countdown Dinner attended by participants, resource persons, organisers and the state dignitaries highlighted the last evening of the conference. Bright performance by the Melaka Dance Troup, music band and delegates aiming to recognise those in recovery and celebrate their success led to the presentation of medallions as the climax of the evening.
Picture 10. Everyone Joining “We Are the World” Song Performance