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 the 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 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