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Honduras has a national diagnosis of capacities for the safe handling and disposal of seized drugs and chemical substances

Honduras, 6 November, 2023. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through the Laboratory and Scientific Affairs Section (LSS), presented in Honduras the National Diagnosis of Capacities for the Handling and Elimination of Seized Drugs and Chemical Substances.
The Diagnosis is a response to the first phase of the implementation of the Regional Program "Safe Handling and Elimination of Seized Drugs and Chemical Precursors" (STAND, acronym in English), which aims to strengthen institutional capacity for the design of strategies that enable the proper and expedited final disposal of seized drugs and chemical substances.
This diagnosis takes into account the current situation of chemical substances in the country, with an emphasis on storage, as well as the methodologies used for final disposal. Additionally, it considers the legal approach corresponding to the state regulations, emphasizing the strengths and challenges related to the issue of the final disposal of substances and chemical precursors.
In this regard, the STAND Program, through this diagnosis, presents a roadmap and recommendations with the goal of being evaluated and considered for adoption through a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach.
In this context, the diagnosis allows the STAND Program and national counterparts to identify action strategies to be implemented, strengthening the state's response to the issue of diversion, production, and trafficking of drugs, precursors, and chemical substances in the national territory.
The presentation of the diagnosis also facilitated a series of workshops among the technical staff of STAND and participating institutions to identify national actions and priorities in addressing the issue.
Currently, STAND is being implemented in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru, thanks to the financial support of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the United States Embassy.