Annual Meeting of Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research 2017

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Annual Meeting of Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research 2017

Antidrug Challenges and Opportunities in the Frontiers of One Belt One Road


Purpose and Programs


The 5th annual meeting of Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research (AASAR) will take place on October 22-27, 2017 in several locations in Yunnan Province of China near the Golden Triangle, one of the most beautiful areas in the world but also a region historically known for rampant drug trade. The meeting is jointly organized by AASAR, The Research & Support Center for Narcotics Control and AIDS Prevention of Yunnan University, and Chinese Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Chapter of Medicine Maintenance Therapy. In addition to meeting sessions hosted in Kunming for scholarly presentations and reports, the association will also organize field trips to the border region between China and Myanmar for attendees to gain firsthand experiences of efforts made by government agencies to suppress drug trafficking activities and to prevent and treat drug abuse. The theme of this year’s meeting focuses on drug issues in the frontier regions of the “One Belt One Road” development.


As one of the most significant and far-reaching campaigns launched in China, the major goal of the "One Belt One Road” initiative is to deepen multilateral cooperation and to reap mutual benefits by taking advantage of the complementary resources of the host countries along the Belt and Road. The initiative has received positive responses internationally but significant challenges remain, especially in the area of international cooperation in antidrug efforts along the frontiers of the new trade routes. In recent years, as new drug problems and trends emerged across geographical boundaries, Asian countries have increasingly come to the realization that cross-regional and cross-national cooperation is needed to tackle drug abuse problems effectively. Within the broad framework of the “One Belt One Road” initiative, this conference seeks to promote international dialogue on drug-related issues and to advance international cooperation in substance abuse research and practices.


Subject Areas


The conference will focus on the following subjects:

1. Causes and distribution of substance abuse

2. Prevention and treatment of substance abuse

3. Drugs and crime

4. Drug prevention, education and legislation

6. Adolescent substance abuse

7. “One Belt One Road” and antidrug international cooperation


Conference Location and Schedule




Yun'an Huidu Hotel, Kunming, Yunnan


Schedule: (TBD)

        October 22, 2017 (Sunday)                                      Arrival & Registration

October 23-24, 2017 (Monday - Tuesday)              Events

October 25-27, 2017 (Thursday - Saturday)            Field Trips/Visits


 *Field Trips/Visits:


Meeting attendees will have opportunities to participate in the following organized group trips (Additional fees may apply. More details will be announced as they become available.):

  • Trip to Compulsory Isolated Drug Rehabilitation Centers in Kunming city
  • Trip to methadone maintenance clinics in Yunnan
  • Trip to Yunnan Provincial Antidrug Education Center
  • Trip to the frontier station located on the boarder between China and Myanmar




        English and Chinese. On-site translation will be provided during presentation sessions as needed.


Registration Fees


        Registration fees can be paid either by bank transfer or onsite at the meeting. Prices are as follows:

Registration Category

Before July 1

After July 1

AASAR member



AASAR student member






Non-member student




Note: 1MOP=1HKD


Bank Name: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Macau), Hoi Wan Branch


Account Name: Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research

Account Number: 0119000500002478457(MOP)


Abstract/Paper Submission


        All abstracts or papers must be submitted either on-line through the AASAR website at or by email to Submission for conference presentation must include a title and abstract of no more than 250 words, along with author information. The deadline for abstract/paper submission is June 20, 2017. The deadline for paper submission is August 20, 2017.


Paper Submission and Publication


        Participants who submit a full paper will be given priority for conference presentation. Author(s) whose abstract/paper is selected for presentation will receive an official notification by August 25, 2017. Papers submitted to the conference will be selected for publication in a special journal issue or an edited book.


Best Paper Awards


        The meeting organizers will select 5-10 papers for Best Paper Awards. To be eligible for a Best Paper Award, the lead author must be 45 years old or younger. The Paper can be in either English or Chinese. Chinese papers should be no longer than 7,000 words while English papers should not exceed 30 pages (double-spaced). Papers submitted for the award must have not been published previously.



Liang Min: (853) 65705876 / (86) 15056998717;

Yiwei (Nemo) Xia: (853) 63876465 / (86) 18063876465;

Tzu-Hsuan (Sarah) Liu: (853) 63970586;

Tang (Tina) Wei: (853) 63869526 / (86) 18063869526;

Xiaohua Zhang: (853) 63864259/ (86) 18063864259.



For more information, please visit the website of AASAR:


Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research

University of Macau

Research & Support Center for Narcotics Control and AIDS Prevention Yunnan University

Chinese Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Chapter of Medicine Maintenance Therapy