Countering narcotics: Afghanistan Drug Reporting System launched

Photo: UNODC23 June 2015 - UNODC and the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics have launched the Afghanistan Drug Reporting System (ADRS), the latest project in their partnership of more than three years. This tool is the first ever comprehensive and interactive online system for all counter-narcotics related data in the country.

Salamat Azimi, Afghan Minister of Counter Narcotics, and Andrey Avetisyan, UNODC Regional Representative, unveiled the online tool during a ceremony attended by high ranking officials from the Government of Afghanistan and the international community in Kabul. According to the Ministry of Counter Narcotics, the ADRS is a key component of its leadership and coordination role in countering drugs. The launch comes after the Afghan Government announced a National Mobilization Against Narcotics, to mark the upcoming International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The ADRS compiles, by sector and location, verified data from all nine entities involved in counter-narcotics related initiatives: the Afghan Ministries of Justice, Interior, Public Health, Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, and the Attorney General's Office, together with international partners which include the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and UNODC.

The ADRS represents a key tool for policy makers, members of the international community and all those involved in countering narcotics in Afghanistan. Through the ADRS, stakeholders are able to access the most current data on all available narcotics related indicators in Afghanistan - including eradication, cultivation, drug price, seizures, imprisonment, treatment capacity, and alternative development initiatives - in order to inform trend analysis, policy development and evaluation. There is also scope to expand the system as required going forward.

The ADRS, together with the Annual Opium Survey and the Afghanistan Drug Report, are important collaborative documents from the Research Capacity-Building partnership between the Afghan Government and UNODC.

Further information:

Afghanistan Drug Reporting System

UNODC in Afghanistan

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