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UNODC (2013): Opioid overdose: preventing and reducing opioid overdose mortality

The discussion paper outlines the facts about opioid overdose, the actions that can be taken to prevent and treat (reverse) opioid overdose and areas requiring further investigation, whilst promoting the dissemination of best practices on the prevention and treatment of opioid overdose.

English, Russian




UNODC (2010): From Coercion to Cohesion: Treating Drug Dependence Through Health Care, Not Punishment

Treatment as an alternative to criminal justice sanctions for people suffering from drug use disorders. A public health response to illicit drug use and related crime as supported by the drug control Conventions

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UNODC/WHO (2009): Principles of Drug Dependence 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.

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UNODC (2009): Reducing the adverse health and social consequences of drug abuse: a comprehensive approach

Inspired by the international drug control treaties and supported by a growing body of scientific and medical evidence, this paper, prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in consultation with the International Narcotics Control Board, outlines a comprehensive set of measures designed to prevent drug abuse, facilitate entry into drug treatment and reduce the adverse health and social consequences of drug abuse.

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