drugs

Groundbreaking cancer-fighting drugs now included in updated UN list of essential medicines

The UN health agency, WHO, announced on Tuesday that dozens of new drugs have been added to the list of essential medicines that every country should have, including new cancer treatments that can be swallowed rather than injected.

News in Brief 26 June 2019

  • Tragic image of drowned father and child in Rio Grande spurs migration debate 
  • UN should lead criminal investigation into Khashoggi killing, says rights investigator 
  • Two-thirds of global drug deaths now from opioids: UN drugs report 
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Two-thirds of global drug deaths now from opioids: UN drugs report

Opioids, which include both heroin and legal pain relievers, were responsible for around two-thirds of drug-related deaths in 2017, the latest World Drug Report from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) revealed on Wednesday. 

‘Stigma plays a big role’ in failure to tackle world opioid crisis, advocate tells UN

The recognition of drug addiction as a disease was the focus of a panel discussion at United Nations Headquarters on Thursday. “Leaving No One Behind: the Opioid Epidemic as a Global Challenge”, was organized by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), to highlight the growing problem of addiction worldwide.

UN anti-drug conference offers ‘opportunity to chart a better and balanced path’ forward – UN chief

Inclusive partnerships are essential to addressing drug challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the top United Nations panel dealing with all aspects of narcotic drugs.

In crisis-torn Sahel, UN anti-drugs and crime agency helps bolster justice system

Africa’s vast Sahel – plagued by humanitarian crises, armed conflict and terrorism – is now witnessing improvements in its criminal justice system thanks to a special programme by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which assists Governments in the region to come together to fight corruption, and human and drug trafficking.

Governments urged to invest more in drug treatment services

A UN-backed narcotics control body is urging governments to invest more in drug treatment and rehabilitation services rather than focusing only on prevention measures.

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Governments should place more emphasis on drug treatment and rehabilitation, says UN-backed narcotics control board

Governments are being urged to invest more in drug treatment and rehabilitation rather than just focusing solely on prevention, the latest report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) recommends.

UN anti-crime agency at 20; tackling terrorism, cybercrime vital for peaceful and sustainable future

Marking the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the importance of justice to prevent conflict, promote peace and security, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Only 1 in 5 women addicts seeks treatment, warns UN expert

Only one in five women addicts seeks treatment for drug abuse, the president of the International Narcotics Board (INCB) has warned.

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