Drug use prevention

Countries within the Greater-Mekong Sub-region (GMS) continue to report increases in the use of methamphetamine, and several countries rank methamphetamine as the leading drug of use. China, Malaysia, Myanmar and Viet Nam still report heroin as the number one problem. Injecting drug use is an increasing concern, with an estimated 2.9 million people who inject drugs in Southeast Asia.



UNODC focuses on assisting Member States to implement evidence-based policies and programmes.

Working with regional and national level partners, UNODC helps to:

  1. Develop and promote models for evidence-based drug use prevention policies and programmes;
  2. Develop and disseminate standards, tool and guidelines on best practice intervention;
  3. Enhance networks and related capacity to train practitioners; and
  4. Improve networks and related capabilities to research and evaluate the drug use situation and related responses.