Drug Prevention and Health

Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care

Feasibility Study: Opioid Substitution Treatment in Egypt

This study was conducted to explore the feasibility of establishing an Opioid substitution treatment programme in Egypt.






Lebanon's Youth Initiative - Smart Youth Making Smart Choices

A quick fact sheet on drugs. This flyer was produced for the 2012 annual ESIB Rally Paper, Lebanon, in which UNODC participated.



World Drug Report 2013

The World Drug Report presents a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in drug markets. It covers production, trafficking, consumption and related health consequences. Chapter 1 of this year's report examines the global situation and the latest trends in the different drug markets and the extent of illicit drug use, as well as the related health impact.
Chapter 2 addresses the phenomenon of new psychoactive substances (NPS), which can have deadly consequences for their users but are hard to control, with dynamic, fastmutating producers and "product lines" which have emerged over the past decade.


From Coercion to Cohesion

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 - Working Towards Evidence-Based Drug Dependence, Treatment and Care

TreatNet works with a wide range of health and social services for all those whose lives are impaired by drug dependence.


Guide to Implementing Family Skills Training Programmes for Drug Abuse Prevention

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.


UNODC-WHO Joint Programme on Drug Dependence, Treatment and Care

This publication provides information about the Joint Programme, its vision and its objectives.



Schools - School-Based Education for Drug Abuse Prevention

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.



Lebanon's Youth Initiative - Smart Youth Making Smart Choices

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.



Working on HIV and AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa

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.



Policy Brief - HIV Testing and Counselling in Prisons and Other Closed Settings

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.



Protocol on Assessing Drug Use and HIV in Prison Settings

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. 


HIV and AIDS in Places of Detention

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.



Women and HIV in Prison Settings

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.


HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care for Female Injecting Drug Users

This publication discusses the risk of HIV/AIDS among female injecting drug users and the reasons behind this risk.



HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, Treatment and Support in Prison Settings

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.