Drugs and Health, and Alternative Development

The Challenge:

The use of opiates and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) like methaphetamine continues to be a major problem in Southeast Asia, and people who use drugs are among the most severely affected population groups. Much remains to be done in order to more effectively prevent the development of drug use disorder, deliver treatment to those in need and prevent the spread of communicable diseases among people who use drugs and people in prison settings.

There is also a significant opportunity to reduce the supply of opiates by supporting alternative development (AD) projects in poppy growing areas in order to provide poor farmers with sustainable livelihoods.

What we do:

UNODC supports Member States in their drug use prevention, treatment and HIV prevention efforts. Technical support is primarily targeted at supporting the reform of drug policies toward a health-centered response and strengthening institutional capacity of the countries in the region, in particular to address problems of opiate and ATS use through evidence-based treatment and prevention approaches.

learn more

Drug use prevention
alt text is missing
Drug use treatment and re-integration
alt text is missing
Drug use and HIV
alt text is missing
Sustainable alternative development
alt text is missing

relevant contacts

alt text is missing
Olivier Lermet
Senior Policy Advisor
+63 9178080734
alt text is missing
Karen Peters
Regional Drugs and Health Programme Officer
(+66-2) 288-1439