Announcement for a Special Issue on "Substance Dependence and Abuse"
Asia Pacific Journal of Medical Toxicology (APJMT) is soliciting manuscripts for a themed issue addressing "Substance dependence and abuse". Substance and Illicit drug dependence and abuse are global health threats. The related health burden is higher in the Asian Pacific region due to the fact that the major producers of illicit drugs are among Asian countries, and so certain products are more easily available. Moreover, everyday new brand names of illicit substances with unknown chemical nature will become distributed in the illegal market to eliminate the negative stigma towards the previous versions and seduce more people to buy them and become dependent to them. Besides, there is increasing number of people affected by complications of alcohol dependence and long term cigarette smoking. Medical toxicologists and addiction specialists need to be updated about methods for tackling and treating these chronic diseases. Health authorities, also, should know the epidemiological picture of this problem in their own country to implement more effective preventive and therapeutic measures.
In this issue, manuscripts covering a broad range of topics related to the main theme are invited:
1. Addictive substance use and dependence (opioids, amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, tobacco, alcohol, etc.), 2. Diagnostic methods in substance abuse and dependence, 3. Substance-induced complications and withdrawal syndromes, 4. Substance abuse prevention measures and drug control policies, 5. Rehabilitation interventions (abstinence-based interventions, detoxification, maintenance treatments (e.g. methadone), behavioral counseling, etc.)
Submissions are encouraged from a wide-range of disciplines relevant to the theme, and we will entertain original research and review articles especially on epidemiologic profile of the problem in each country, and advanced and innovative clinical protocols to treat the addicted individuals.
The "Themed Issue" will include regular submissions as well, but a certain number of pages will be reserved for manuscripts accepted in response to this solicitation. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. The editor will select papers for publication in the themed issue based on reviewer ratings and the balance of subject matter. The review of manuscripts that are presenting the epidemiologic profile of the problem in the countries of the region will be fast-tracked. It is possible for the manuscripts submitted for the themed issue to be published in a regular issue of APJMT rather than the themed issue.