Drug Prevention and Health
Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care
A quick fact sheet on drugs. This flyer was produced by UNODC for the 2012 annual ESIB Rally Paper, Lebanon, in which UNODC participated.
Many illicit drug markets have reached global dimensions and require control strategies on a comparable scale. In that context, there is a need to better understand these transnational markets and the manner in which they operate. The yearly World Drug Report is a contribution towards that objective. This year's edition starts with an overview of the illicit drug situation worldwide and regionally, followed by more comprehensive discussions and statistical trends for the key transnational drug markets, namely opium/heroin, coca/cocaine, amphetamine-type stimulants and cannabis.
This publication aims to promote health-oriented approach in the treatment to drug dependence. The International Drug Control Conventions give Member States the flexibility to adopt such an approach. Treatment offered as alternative to criminal justice sanctions has to be evidence-based and in line with ethical standards. This paper 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 stigmatising and offers better prospects for the future of the individual and the society. Drug dependence treatment without the consent of the patient should only be considered a short-term option of last resort in some acute emergency situations and needs to follow the same ethical and scientific standards as voluntary-based treatment. Human rights violations carried out in the name of "treatment" are not compliant with this approach.
TreatNet works with a wide range of health and social services for all those whose lives are impaired by drug dependence.
This guide has been compiled on the basis of the review of family skills training programmes, the meeting and a literature review and focuses on providing basic information and guidance to those policymakers and programme managers interested in launching a family skills training programme at the universal or selective level.
This publication provides information about the Joint Programme, its vision and its objectives.
This publication is the result of a Theme Meeting of Experts and Youth on School-Based Drug Abuse Prevention held in Vienna from 2 to 5 September 2002, organised by the Global Youth Network.
This is an attempt to provide a conceptual basis upon which teachers, policy makers and school administrators can make decisions about school-based drug programmes in order to achieve greater success in educational terms.
A quick fact sheet on HIV/AIDS. This flyer was produced by UNODC for the 2012 annual ESIB Rally Paper, Lebanon, in which UNODC participated.
An informative pamphlet providing quick facts about UNODC, its partnerships and roles, its work in the area of HIV prevention and care and the technical assistance it provides to research and analysis projects. Furthermore, the pamphlet elaborates UNODC work in harm reduction for injecting drug users, community outreach, drug treatment, HIV prevention and care in prison settings and networking and advocacy.
This statement and its recommendations are based on a comprehensive review and analysis of the evidence and an extensive consultation process regarding HIV testing and counselling for prisoners.
This protocol was developed within the context of a regional UNODC project on improving prisons' services to treat and prevent drug use and HIV. It provides the overall guidelines through which assessments should be conducted. The main objective of this assessment is the generation of operational recommendation of intervention aiming at improving access of inmates to drug use and HIV/AIDS prevention and care services in the prison settings.
This toolkit on HIV in prisons aims to provide information and guidance primarily to individuals and institutions with responsibilities for prisons and prisoners, and to people who work in and with prisons. In addition, it will assist everyone who has anything to do with prisons.
Prisons are high-risk settings for the transmission of HIV. However, HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programmes are not adequately developed and implemented to respond to HIV in prisons. Moreover, prison settings do not usually address gender-specific needs. Both drug use and HIV infection are more prevalent among women in prison than among imprisoned men. Women in prison are vulnerable to gender-based sexual violence; they may engage in risky behaviours and practices such as unsafe tattooing, injecting drug use, and, are more susceptible to self-harm.
This publication discusses the risk of HIV/AIDS among female injecting drug users and the reasons behind this risk.
The purpose of this document is to provide a Framework for mounting an effective national response to HIV/AIDS in prisons that meets international health and human rights standards, prioritizes public health, is grounded in best practice, and supports the management of custodial institutions.
The Framework sets out a series of 11 principles and 100 actions for the treatment of prisoners and the management of prisons with the objectives of:
- Providing prisoners with prevention, care, treatment, and support for HIV/AIDS that is equivalent to that available to people in the community outside of prison.
- Preventing the spread of HIV (and other infections) among prisoners, prison staff, and the broader community;
- Promoting an integrated approach to healthcare within prisons to tackle wider public health issues, both through improvements in health care in general and through improvements in general prison conditions and management.
It also suggests concrete strategies for implementing the Framework at the national level.