Tuesday, December 21, 2010

United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime

Drug use prevention, treatment and care

Compilation of Evidence-Based Family Skills Training Programmes

August 2010 - UNODC has recently published a useful new Compilation of Evidence-Based Family Skills Training Programmes. It provides policymakers, programme managers, non-governmental organizations and others interested in implementing family skills training programmes with a review of existing evidence-based family skills training programmes. UNODC received descriptions of some 150 programmes; the programmes included in this publication are those regarded, on the basis of randomized control trials, as having had positive results. The programmes appear in descending order according to the level of scientific evidence on which they are based. Read more.

Working towards evidence-based drug dependence treatment and care

July 2010 - UNODC has launched a new strategy for the treatment of drug dependence to promote evidence-based and ethical treatment policies worldwide.  The goals of TREATNET center around increasing access to quality drug dependence treatment services, reducing the negative health and social consequences of drug use and dependence, and creating local ownership and sustanability by involving staff from national and local government agencies, universities and treatment centres in project countries. UNODC has published an informational TREATNET brochure in all languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

The non-medical use of presciption drugs, policy direction issues

June 2010 - The non-medical use of prescription drugs controlled under the Conventions is an increasing problem in many countries. In some countries, this is second only to cannabis. This is most notably in North America, but there are also reports of significant treatment demand in Europe, Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Addressing the non-medical use of prescription drugs needs to carefully take into consideration the need to ensure the availability of these substances (that do have a recognised and much needed medical use), while preventing diversion and misuse. UNODC is developing a discussion paper to assist Member States in addressing the issue of the non-medical use of prescription drugs, focusing on recommendations for policy and practice. To this purpose, UNODC, together with WHO, convened a technical consultation in Vienna from 22 to 24 June 2010, inviting a wide range of researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Read more.

Treating drug dependence through healthcare, not punishment

May 2010 - Treatment offered as an alternative to criminal justice sanctions has to be evidence-based and in line with ethical standards. UNODC convened a technical consultation of experts from 28 to 30 October 2009 in Vienna where 20 reserchers, policy makers and practitioner from 13 countries worldwide participated. On the basis of the discussions, UNODC produced this discussion paper which outlines a model of referral from the criminal justice system to the treatment system that is mor e effective than compulsory treatment.  This model of referral results in less restriction of liberty, is less stigmatising and offers better prospects for the future of the individual and the society. From coercion to cohesion: Treating drug dependence through healthcare, not punishment.

UNODC-WHO Joint Programme on drug dependence treatment and care:

April 2010 - UNODC and WHO both have constitutional mandates to address issues presented by drug use and dependence.  Moreover, taking into account the health, socio-economic and security implementations of drug use and related disorders, the two agencies are uniquely positioned to lead this initiative.  In particular, it will open a dialogue with Member States and involve a varied group of government ministries such as those for health, welfare, as well as the criminal justice system and other relevant sectors.
Our Brochure contains information on the programme and on the issues. Available in:  Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish.

Other drug use prevention, treatment and care initiatives

UNODC supports Member States in addressing drug use and drug addiction as any other health disorder: i.e. by implementing drug use prevention interventions and providing drug dependence treatment and care services, which are based on scientific evidence and on ethical standards. Click on the links below to know more about UNODC activities and resources in:
Drug use prevention
Drug dependence treatment and care

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