Drug laws must be amended to ‘combat racial discrimination’, UN experts say

At every stage of the criminal justice system, people of African descent around the world are discriminated against, including death sentencing for drugs-related crimes, United Nations human rights experts said on Thursday, calling on Member States to do more to “combat racial discrimination”.

Concerns raised over ‘poorly regulated’ medical cannabis programmes: UN-backed narcotics control board

Concerned about legislative developments over the non-medical use of cannabis around the world, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned on Tuesday that “poorly regulated medical cannabis programmes” could allow supplies to be diverted illegally for purely recreational use, harming not helping users. Professor Richard Mattick, a Board Member of the INCB, spoke to Julia Dean from the UN Information Centre in Canberra, Australia, and said that the dangers associated with regular recreational use of cannabis were not properly understood.

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Global spotlight on world drug problem ‘is personal’ for many families, says UN chief

The United Nations focused a global spotlight on the world-wide drug problem during a high-level counter-narcotics event on Monday in which Secretary-General António Guterres flagged that this “is personal.” 

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.

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.

INTERVIEW: Head of UN drug body urges greater access to treatment for women

Women continue to be disproportionately affected by drug use, and face obstacles in accessing treatment, compared to men, according to the President of the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

Distinguished Turkish academic chosen to head UN anti-narcotics panel

A Turkish professor of biochemistry and forensic science has been elected as the next President of the independent body which monitors the implementation of United Nations drug control conventions.

Europe’s ‘appetite’ for cocaine endangering Africa, warns UN anti-drugs chief

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned today that security in West Africa is being threatened by criminals who are using the region as a hub for trafficking drugs, particularly cocaine, from South America to Europe.

UN panel examines strategies against global drug abuse

A United Nations expert panel is examining the interaction between supply and demand strategies against the global drug abuse problem during its two-week session, which opened today in Vienna.