In 2018, UNODC launched the Opioid Strategy to support countries to address the opioid crisis. Since then, the crisis has grown more complex and more global. In response, UNODC launched the Synthetic Drug Strategy in 2021.
The Synthetic Drug Strategy, which builds on UNODC’s experience in dealing with the opioid crisis, provides a balanced, comprehensive and science-based framework to address the global problem of synthetic drugs. Moreover, the activities under the Opioid Strategy, including the UN Toolkit on Synthetic Drugs, are now encompassed within the Synthetic Drug Strategy's portfolio of projects.