drug abuse

Science, evidence-based facts, key to help end scourge of drug abuse: UN chief

The world’s drug problem remains an urgent challenge that threatens to exacerbate COVID-19 pandemic impacts and hinder a healthy and inclusive recovery, warned the UN Secretary General ahead of The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

COVID pandemic fuelling major increase in drug use worldwide: UN report

Around 275 million people used drugs worldwide in the last year of unprecedented upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, up by 22 per cent from 2010. That’s among the key findings of the latest annual report released on Thursday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which also provides an overview of global drug markets, as well as their impact on people’s health and livelihoods.

PODCAST: How to beat the opioid epidemic

In late January, David Sheff and Vicky Cornell joined a panel discussion on addiction organised by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  Mr. Sheff’s memoir about his son’s addiction is now a Hollywood movie, and Ms. Cornell was married to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, whose suicide she has attributed to prescription drugs that altered his mental state.  They told Conor Lennon from UN News that changes to the health care system play a key role in addressing the crisis.

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Cocaine and opium production worldwide hit ‘absolute record highs’ - major threat to public health says UN study

The scourge of opium-based drugs and cocaine are a bigger global threat to public health and law enforcement than ever before, according to the latest World Drug Report, released on Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Boost policies to address drug abuse among women: UN body

Governments are being urged to provide more funding to prevent and treat drug abuse among women.

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“Political commitment” needed to tackle alcohol abuse in South Sudan

“Political commitment” and effective policies are what’s needed to tackle the scourge of drug and alcohol abuse in South Sudan.

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