Drugs and Health, and Alternative Development

The use of opiates and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) like methaphetamine continues to be a major problem in Southeast Asia, and people who inject drugs are among the most severely affected population groups. Much remains to be done in order to more effectively prevent, treat and re-integrate drug users.

There is also a significant opportunity to reduce the supply of opiates by supporting alternative development (AD) projects in poppy growing areas in order to provide poor farmers with sustainable livelihoods.

UNODC supports Member States in their drug use prevention, treatment and re-integration efforts.  Technical support is primarily targeted at the institutional capacity building needs of the CLMV countries, in particular to address problems of opiate and ATS use through evidence-based treatment and prevention approaches. At a regional level, UNODC helps ensure that data on HIV prevalence and access to core HIV services is generated, analyzed and shared.  UNODC also supports specific country level initiatives to combat HIV, with technical backstopping and advice.