Drug overdoses have dramatically increased over the last two decades, and deaths from overdose have increased sharply since 2013. In 2016, more than 63,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Of those overdose deaths, around 2 in 3 have involved a prescription or illicit opioid.
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Alcohol has a negative impact on our immune systems ability to function, leading to greater susceptibility to certain diseases.
It is particularly important that, during this pandemic, we protect our immune system in order to give ourselves the best chance at overcoming the virus if we happen to catch it.
COVID-19 is a global health crisis that is increasing the workload of healthcare professionals around the world.
In order to support practitioners during these critical circumstances, it is essential that everyone is informed about other health risks and hazards so that they can stay safe and healthy.
Suggestions about Treatment, Care and Rehabilitation of People with Drug Use Disorder in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic
In these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNODC continues to focus on delivering vital assistance to those in need, including to people who use drugs and with drug use disorders, who are in prison and who have HIV/Hepatitis C.
UNODC has released a statement entitled
Suggestions about treatment, care and rehabilitation of people with drug use disorder in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All people have the right to health, even in countries under lockdown or where a state of emergency has been declared.
People who use drugs can be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to underlying health issues, stigma, social marginalization and higher economic and social vulnerabilities, including a lack of access to housing and health care.
Free youth smoking prevention posters from FDA Tobacco for order or download in English or Spanish.
The life cycle of a cigarette takes a heavy toll on the environment from growing the tobacco plant to the disposal of butts and packaging.
Tobacco threatens health, economies and development.
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UNODC has compiled a selection of educational materials and flyers that provide information on drug dependence treatment and care.
The resource has been translated into several languages and covers topics including:
Canadian alcohol intake increases during holidays, parties and vacations.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addictions has created a calendar of social media graphics to remind young people that if they’re planning to drink, moderation can help reduce harms from alcohol.
Drinking alcohol is a risk factor contributing to seven types of cancer.
The more alcohol you drink, the greater the risk of developing cancer.
Driving under the influence of any drug that acts on the brain can impair one's motor skills, reaction time, and judgment, making drugged driving a serious public health and safety concern.
It is important that people wishing to access treatment for substance use disorder are informed about the quality of care they will receive.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction has released the revised Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines Communication Toolkit to promote healthy attitude towards alcohol consumption. The guidelines, which are particularly geared towards adults between the ages 25 and 65, are a key component of the National Alcoh