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 November 27 – December 2, 2017 in several locations in Yunnan Province of China near the Golden Triangle, one of the most picturesque areas in the world but also a region historically known for rampant drug trade. The meeting is jointly organized by AASAR, Research & Support Center for Narcotics Control and AIDS Prevention of Yunnan University, and Drug Maintenance Therapy Section of Chinese Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment. 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)

    November 27, 2017 (Monday)                                                         Arrival & Registration

    November 28 to 29, 2017 (Tuesday - Wednesday)                          Events

    November 30 to December 2, 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:

        Individual attendance: 1600 RMB

        Non-individual attandence:1800 RMB

        Student: 1000 RMB


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 September 30, 2017. The deadline for paper submission is October 10, 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 October 20, 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 encourage the involvement of young scholars in substance abuse research. 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;


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