Economic and Social Council


890th Plenary Meeting
3 August 1955

1955/588(XX)E.Abuse of drugs (drug addiction)*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Recalling its resolution 548 I(XVIII) and the recommendations contained therein,

Noting that in their annual reports certain countries have provided statistics of addiction that are of great value,

Recognizing that such statistics and the information regarding the extent and character of drug addiction which they involve are necessary for effective counter-measures against addiction,

Noting that the work undertaken by the Social Commission in the field of prevention of crime is parallel in a number of respects to the work of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs,

1. Requests the Secretary-General to continue to collect information and pursue his studies on aspects of drug addiction in consultation with the World Health Organization, the Social Commission and other bodies concerned;

2. Notes the view expressed by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs that in the treatment of drug addiction methods of ambulatory treatment (including the so-called clinic method) are not advisable;

3. Expresses its appreciation of the assistance given by the World Health Organization and requests that Organization to prepare:

(a) An up-to-date study on appropriate methods for treating drug addicts;

(b) Information on methods and precautions which could assist the medical profession in prescribing narcotic drugs;

4. Recommends that Governments concerned take appropriate measures:

(a) To establish, if they have not already done so, the necessary arrangements for collecting information on the extent and character of drug addiction in their countries;

(b) To submit such statistics on the lines of the form of annual reports as revised by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs;

(c) To warn the members of the medical and related professions, when appropriate, of the special dangers to public health that might be caused by any new narcotic drug placed on the market, and to invite them to study the desirability and possibility of prohibiting the production and use of such synthetic narcotic drugs as they do not consider indispensable to public health.

890th plenary meeting,
3 August 1955

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its draft resolution IV(X) (E/2768/Rev.1 - E/CN.7/303/Rev.1).