International Standards on Drug Use Prevention


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Prevention strategies based on scientific evidence working with families, schools, and communities can ensure that children and youth, especially the most marginalized and poor, grow and stay healthy and safe into adulthood and old age. For every dollar spent on prevention, at least ten can be saved in future health, social and crime costs.

In 2013, UNODC published the first edition of the International Standards on Drug Use Prevention, summarizing the available scientific evidence at the time. The second updated edition published jointly with WHO is now available. 


International Standards on Drug Use Prevention

Appendix I - References

Appendix II - Description of the methodology utilized for the collection, assessment and utilization of the scientific evidence

Appendix II Annex I -  List of mediating variables

Appendix II Annex II - Instruments for the assessment of evidence

Appendix II Annex III - List of interventions and possible study designs

Appendix II Annex IV - Summary of the quality assessment

Appendix II Annex V - Summary results of 'good' and 'acceptable' studies



Last updated 30 November 2018

[1] For a working definition of 'intervention', the related term 'programme', as well as 'policy', please see Annex I.