Donors and Partners


Resolution 61/8 (2018) of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs invited UNODC to continue to act as the coordinating entity within the United Nations system on efforts to implement activities to address the challenges posed by the non-medical use of synthetic opioids.

In response, the UNODC Opioid Strategy coordinates multi-pronged integrated efforts to address the threats posed by synthetic drugs, particularly synthetic opioids and their precursors.  

The Strategy brings together a range of expertise from UNODC and across the UN System through collaboration with key inter-agency partners, such as the World Health Organisation and the International Narcotics Control Board, to leverage a unique set of complementary activities and resources to support countries to build capacity to predict, prevent and protect against the challenges posed by synthetic opioids.

The UNODC Opioid Strategy is supported by:
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Government of Canada

Partner organizations

UNODC implementing Programmes

UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP)

  • Builds capacity in seaports, airports and land border crossings to prevent cross-border movement of illicit goods.
  • Helps border control units in South-East and South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean interdict synthetic drugs including synthetic opioids and their precursors.

Global Programme on Cyber Crime

  • Helps the international community in the struggle against cyber-related crimes through capacity building and technical assistance.
  • Informs early warning mechanisms by identifying emerging synthetic drugs appearing on online platforms.

Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism

  • Builds and strengthens capacity in anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism.
  • Enhances capacity to disrupt online financial flows which use cryptocurrencies to traffic synthetic drugs, synthetic opioids and their precursors

UNODC Regional Office in South-East Asia and Pacific - Precursor Control Programme

  • Prevents the diversion of precursor chemicals in East and South-East Asia.
  • Interdicts precursor chemicals and emerging substances, in particular synthetic opioids.


  • Combats illicit drug flows by fostering transnational law enforcement strategies to disrupt the supply chain.
  • Supports criminal justice systems to prosecute synthetic opioids cases and enhances control of mail parcels used to traffic synthetic opioids.

Global SMART Programme

  • Builds capacity to generate, manage, analyse, report and use information on illicit synthetic drugs.
  • Strengthens synthetic drug monitoring and early warning systems in South, East and South-East Asia and the Pacific.

Global Forensic and Scientific Programme 

  • Improves access to quality forensic science services to counter drugs, crime and terrorism.
  • Strengthens capacity of law enforcement, border control and customs to safely handle and dispose of synthetic drugs including synthetic opioids and their precursors.

UNODC-INTERPOL-WCO Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP)

  • Promotes an integrated approach to border control management through cooperation between UNODC, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization.
  • Strengthens the capacity of airports in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East to detect drugs, other illicit goods and high-risk passengers.

Global Maritime Crime Programme

  • Promotes maritime law enforcement and reinforces critical maritime infrastructure
  • Enhances capacity to investigate, identify and disrupt maritime trafficking routes of synthetic drugs and precursors and other crimes at sea