Science & Publications

UNODC is committed to supporting the implementation of evidence-based and science driven drug use prevention interventions. The development of materials, including publications, video, fact sheets and other information is regularly updated.

It should be noted that information and publications are available to support parenting during COVID-19.

For additional information, Fact Sheets can be found here.

UNODC information, publications and resources on the prevention, treatment, care and rehabilitation can be found at Publications on prevention of drug use and treatment, care and rehabilitation of drug dependence.

UNODC Partner Publications


Science proves that being warm, loving and responsive are some of the most important actions parents can take to help their children’s development. Physical affection has actual health and developmental benefits that last throughout their childhood and adulthood.


Family Activities

Quality family time builds stronger, connected families. Family group activities such as cooking, painting, or playing music together promote bonding. Trust, love for one another and create more resilient and self-confident children.


Active Listening

Active listening is when a caregiver listens to their child with the intent to listen and not to jump in and respond. Active listening is important during times of stress and can reduce fear and anxieties.

The Science of Listen First

To listen actively to children and youth is key in building healthy long-lasting relationships. Children who receive positive attention from an early age grow more confident, less anxious, and are less likely to develop mental health issues and engage in risk behaviour.


The Science of Parental Involvement

Children whose parents are involved in their lives, such as helping with homework, implicate them in household chores, stay informed and maintain an open communication are more well-adjusted, perform better at school and are less likely to engage in risk behaviours.


The Science of Family Rules

Family rules are a set of principles laying out what behaviour is expected of the family members. When applied lovingly and correctly, these rules can help the whole family get along.



Demonstrating patience makes children feel cared for and loved. And is key in creating meaningful relationships and good communication.


Physical Activity

The benefits of physical activity is well documented by scientists. Incorporating physical activities for the whole family to participate in together can be a great way to have family time and keep active.



One of the most effective ways of improving behaviour is through warmth and well-measured praise. This can be as simple as smiling or giving a thumbs-up sign to show approval.



How to talk to children about dangers, and protect them online.

Keeping open and honest communication and building empowerment is key to protecting children online and offline.


The Science of Routine

Routines (such as shared meals and set bedtimes) help families relieve stress and make children feel safe. It is important to maintain familiar routines during challenging times.


Keeping Busy

Boredom contributes to children worrying and may increase disruptive behaviors. Children cope better when they are busy and helping others. Parents can provide safe options for activities such as music, arts and crafts, and books, as well as encourage children to stay connected with friends.


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