Senior UN official lauds trilateral pact to halt drug smuggling from Afghanistan

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today praised counter-narcotics ministers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran on a new agreement that will increase the exchange of information to tackle drug trafficking in the region.

Global demand increasing for synthetic drugs, UN report finds

While global markets for cocaine, heroin and cannabis declined or remained stable, the production and abuse of prescription opioid drugs and new synthetic drugs rose, the United Nations annual drug report said today.

On World Health Day, UN urges action against worsening drug resistance

A growing number of infections are becoming increasingly difficult to cure as a result of worsening drug resistance, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, warning that the problem is forcing health professionals to resort to prolonged and expensive treatments and greater risk of death.

Grassroots-level bodies have key role to play in fighting drug use, says UN narcotics czar

Community and grassroots initiatives have a crucial role to play in preventing drug use, the United Nations anti-narcotics chief said today.