IDPs Camp in Liberia; Photo: UN Photo/Eric_Kanalstein


Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Treating Drug Use Disorders for Children and Adolescents (GLOK42)

Children - our future, our responsibility As the world continues to become smaller due to advancements   in technology, increased resource development and expansion of populations, children and adolescents become increasingly vulnerable. 

  Children are our investment in the future but all too often they are forgotten in the priorities of the present, and worse, made vulnerable by the actions of adults. Youth and adolescents around the globe become victims of starvation, neglect, war and trauma, abuse, violence, illiteracy, trafficking in persons, and drug use. Each day the precious faces of our future confront the challenges of poverty, war and conflict, and various he alth conditions such as malaria, tuberculosis, drug dependence and HIV/AIDS.



UNODC's Children's Project was developed to promote a worldwide coordinated response to children and adolescents at risk of using drugs, and youth affected by drug use dependence. The project goals include:

 · Addressing the health and social consequences for children
 · Preventing drug use
 · Treating drug dependence
 · Facilitate their re-integration and contribution to the larger community.

The project provides a psychosocial model within a framework of evaluated strategies which can be adapted to support Member States. The focus is on science-driven public health approaches in drug control as the springboard for existing good practices. UNODC focuses specifically on interventions for children, adolescents and families.

UNODC Children's Project was successfully piloted in Afghanistan and continues to support children, adolescents and families in Afghanistan as funding permits. Additionally the project has recently expanded to other areas of the globe including Bangladesh, India, Liberia, Pakistan and West Africa.

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The Health Branch of the UNODC and the World Health Organisation have produced a Manual on the Psychosocial Intervention and Guidelines for the identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy; specifically designed to assist healthcare personnel ... more


Policy-makers and legislators are vital for the development and support policies and regulations contributing to a healthy, safe and empowering environment for children, adolescents and families. In this section policy-makers can access to additional useful information concerning the Children's Program, GLOK42 ... more

On this page, community members, individuals and families can find information regarding the Children's Global Program, GLOK42 and read some of the success stories of people who were using drugs and are now living productive lives in a recovery environment ... more   The Children's program was launched in Afghanistan in 2011 and due to its successful results, has expanded to other countries. Click here to read more about the role and involvement and the actions of the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crimes in regard to this global program ... more
The Global Children's Program is implemented by the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section of the Drugs and Health Branch in UNODC. You can access publications issued by UNODC in regard to the Pilot Program now active in Afghanistan ... more