The Impact of COVID-19 on Drugs and Crime

Covid-19 has suddenly changed the life of individuals and the dynamics governing social, economic and environmental development. Drug markets and criminal activities have not been immune to these transformations. UNODC Research has made an effort to collect data to document these changes and to explore the longer term consequences that Covid-19 is having on drugs and crime. A series of research briefs will examine the impact of Covid-19 on specific topics, from the drug supply chain, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons, to organized crime, trafficking of falsified Covid-19 related medical products and violence. In this page UNODC also presents the collective efforts of 36 international and regional organizations which give  a statistical overview of how Covid-19 has changed the world across the many social and economic domains.

How COVID-19 is changing the world: a statistical perspective – Volume I 

How COVID-19 is changing the world: a statistical perspective – Volume II

How COVID-19 is changing the world: a statistical perspective – Volume III

COVID-19 has been the catalyst for a hitherto unseen global market for the trafficking of PPE
Opportunistic criminal activities during health crises have a detrimental effect on public health and the economy