UNODC Strategic Response on the Opioids Crisis; Photo: DEA  

The potentially deadly consequences of the non-medical use of opioids have been known since science discovered their huge medical potential. Over the past 150 years, humanity has experience several opioid crises but none as devastating as the present one affecting mainly North America with fentanyl and its analogues, and in parts of Africa and the Middle East with tramadol. Under the conditions of a globalized drug market, the risk that it may spread to many other regions has never been greater. The rapidly emerging crisis which has resulted in significant loss of lives calls for a coordinated, comprehensive and multidisciplinary response.

UNODC is the United Nations Secretariat entity responsible for supporting Member States in their efforts against drugs and crime. Together, ongoing programmes in the areas of synthetic drugs monitoring, early warning and trend analysis, national forensic and counternarcotic capacity building, law enforcement operational work, and prevention and treatment provide a unique platform for contributing to the reduction of the non-medical use of synthetic opioids.


Our strategy unites ongoing UNODC programmes for a timely and comprehensive organization-wide response to the opioid crisis. It does so through a unique set of coordinated activities and resources based on five pillars. more   The toolkit, established as part of the UNODC Opioid Strategy, offers an array of different topics to support the Member States.
Currently, three modules are complete and accessible: Legal, Forensics and Precursors. 
We appreciate your interest in our Programme, please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you should have any questions or enquiries. more   Further information on opioids and the global opioid crisis. more
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