This Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting intended to highlight the problems of drug addiction and comorbid drug use in the mentally ill. This problem was recognised by CINP as being a major issue for the region and therefore this Regional Meeting was raised to the level of a Special Congress.
This Regional Meeting took place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia from 1-4 Oct 2013, in conjunction with the Malaysian Psychiatric Association.
For more information please visit the Congress website here.
Kuala Lumpur Regional Meeting: 2-4 Oct 2013
This Regional Conference of CINP and the Malaysian Psychiatric Association at the beginning of October 2013 in Kuala Lumpur showcased the importance of international exchange on the burning issues of mental health and addiction. Over 300 participants, the majority from Southeast Asia, presented and discussed a broad range of issues covering the field from basic neuroscience, genetics and biomarkers to pressing issues concerning clinical research and epidemiology. The delegates were particularly impressed by the strong commitment to the concept of ‘harm reduction’ and the adoption of effective methadone substitution clinics located throughout Malaysia. In times of changing approaches in the ASEAN countries and the establishment of new treatment components e.g. in Malaysia and China, it is encouraging to see the free exchange of ideas and experiences as occurred in Kuala Lumpur, as well as the emergence of new international partnerships. The topics of pathological gambling and the increase of stimulant use in Asia stood out as extremely relevant and will undoubtedly be topics for future discussion.