Dr. Shu-Lung Yang, the Chief of Supervisor Board, AASAR, assists the Correction Agency of the Ministry of Justice, Taiwan, to launch the new evidence-based drug treatment program

Dr. Shu-Lung Yang, the Chief of Supervisor Board, AASAR and the President of Taiwan Society for Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, and also the Distinguished Professor of the Department of Criminology, National Chung Cheng University assists the Correction Agency of the Ministry of Justice Taiwan to launch the new evidence-based drug treatment program and consults “the New Generation of Anti-Drug 2.0” for the government


To improve the new evidence-based treatment program, Dr. Yang and Professor Sheng-Feng Dai conduct a three research projects title “the effectiveness evaluation and the improvements of the evidence-based drug treatment program for the year 2020-2022. under the support from the Correction Agency, Taiwan. The study examines the current state, implementation process, and results of the program through the RE-AIM model, which includes a serial of secondary data analysis, surveys, interviews, and the Focus groups to both program in charge and participate inmates. It is expected that the difficulties and challenges of the program can be explored, and the improvement of the program is reached, which better the program, ensure the quality, and finally reduce the recidivism rate. The preliminary results generally show that the new drug treatment program promotes the drug addicts’ self-understanding, interpersonal communication, self-effectiveness, abstinence and recovery confidence and positive beliefs for correctional institutions.

In addition, Professor Yang was invited to serve as the main consulting work for Taiwan’s newly promoted "New Generation Anti-drug Strategy 2.0", and served as a member of the Taiwan Executive Yuan’s Drug Control Committee, providing drug prevent policy advice. Professor Yang specifically suggested that the emergency control of the New Psychoactive Substance should be strengthened, and the investigation and inspection capabilities should be increased. At the same time, attention should be paid to the development of decriminalization and commercialization of cannabis in Europe and North Americans, and publicity should be strengthened to avoid harming the physical and mental health of the public and young people.

Professor Yang also continues to host Taiwanese adolescent substance abuse prevention and counseling conferences between the period October to November every year. It is hoped that the effectiveness of prevention efforts and counseling services substantially improved through experience sharing and professional knowledge from academics and experts.