Islamic Republic of Iran


Sub-programme 2 Documents


  From Coersion to Cohesion: Treating drug dependence through health care, not punishment 

The aim of this draft discussion paper is to promote a health-oriented approach to drug dependence. It outlines a model of referral from the criminal justice system to the treatment system that is more effective than compulsory treatment, which results in less restriction of liberty, is less stigmatizing and offers better prospects for the future of the individual and society. The paper is based on the deliberations of a group of international experts present at a scientific workshop held at Vienna in October 2009 on: "Voluntary-based or compulsory drug dependence treatment? From mandated treatment to therapeutic alliance". [Full Text - En]


International Standards on Drug Use Prevention

Launched by UNODC in March 2013, the International Standards are intended to guide policymakers worldwide to develop programmes, policies and systems that are a truly effective investment in the future of children, young people, families and communities. These global International Standards summarize the currently available scientific evidence and identify the major components and features of an effective national drug prevention system. The document describes interventions that have been proven to be effective in various countries, broken down by age category. It also outlines some drug prevention issues that require further research. This work builds on and recognizes the work of many other organizations (e.g. EMCDDA, CCSA, CICAD, Mentor, NIDA, WHO) which have previously developed standards and guidelines on various aspects of drug prevention. [Full Text - En]


  TREATNET Quality Standards for Drug Dependence Treatment and Care Services 

The UNODC TREATNET seeks to reduce the negative social and health consequences of drug dependence including HIV and AIDS, by improving the quality of drug dependence treatment and care services as well as increasing the accessibility of drug dependence treatment for all those in need. It is currently operating in 21 countries in four regions of the world.
This publication contains specific quality standards for drug dependence treatment and care services based on the UNODC/WHO Principles of Drug Dependence Treatment and Care. Its purpose is to suggest a list of standards for the improvement of quality in drug dependence treatment and care services, as well as to provide an assessment tool for implementation of these quality standards at the participating TREATNET sites in Latin America, Africa, South East Asia, Middle East and Central Asia. [Full Text -En]


Principles of Drug Dependance Treatment

This discussion paper aims to encourage Governments and other partners to take concerted action for the implementation of evidence-based drug dependence treatment services, which respond to the needs of their populations. It outlines nine key principles for the development of services for treatment of drug use disorders. Depending on human and financial resources available and the quality level of the existing health system in each country, the actions suggested by the present document may be progressively and gradually implemented, taking into account the outlined components for each principle as general framework. [Full Text - En]