Media should not glamourize illicit drugs, UN official tells commission

Drug use is too often associated in the media with celebrities rather than consequences, a senior United Nations official said today, calling for a greater press spotlight on the dangers of illicit drug consumption.

Counterfeit medicines endangering lives worldwide, UN-backed panel warns

Unregulated sales of pharmaceutical drugs, including counterfeit medicines, are undermining national drug laws and regulatory authorities while threatening the lives of patients taking them due to lack of safety or efficacy, the head of a United Nations-backed narcotics body said today.

UN report warns of dangers of unregulated sales of both controlled and counterfeit drugs

Unregulated sales – in places such as street markets and the Internet – of both internationally controlled and counterfeit drugs endanger the lives of people worldwide, according to a United Nations-backed annual report of an independent drug control body released today.

Demand surging for services of UN anti-drugs, anti-crime agency

The world is turning increasingly to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for help in the fight against illegal drugs, corruption, terrorism and other crimes, with the latest figures indicating that demand for the Office’s specialist expertise is surging.

Opium cultivation in Asia’s Golden Triangle falls significantly, UN drug agency reports

Opium poppy cultivation in the Golden Triangle of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, the world’s second largest source of the raw material for heroin after Afghanistan, fell 29 per cent in 2006, bringing the total decline in the region since 1998 to 85 per cent, the United Nations anti-narcotics agency reported on Monday.

Deadly heroin overdoses could soar with surge in Afghan opium production, UN warns

The world’s health authorities should prepare for a significant increase in the number of deaths from heroin overdoses following a dramatic surge in opium production in Afghanistan this year, the United Nations top narcotics fighter has warned.

UN anti-terrorism official calls for more global cooperation to tackle transnational crime

A top United Nations anti-terrorism official has urged greater global cooperation to combat transnational crime and drug trafficking, warning that the scourge is one of the greatest challenges to international peace and security.

Afghan poppy growing requires security, law enforcement response – UN official

A sharp rise in opium cultivation in Afghanistan – by far the world’s largest supplier – must be met with security and law enforcement as well as efforts to reduce demand in the countries where illegal drug users reside, a senior United Nations official said today.

UN drug chief sounds alarm over European cocaine consumption, Afghan opium

Cocaine consumption in Western Europe is reaching alarming levels while opium production in Afghanistan could rise again this year despite a welcome decline in 2005, but overall the world drug problem is being contained, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Do sports, not drugs: new UN-backed anti-narcotics programme targets youth

A United Nations-backed programme to use sport to prevent drug use and criminal behaviour among young people was officially launched today with both officials and sports stars stressing the importance of a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.