drug use

Insights on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and Substance Use Disorders in Kenya

The UNODC Kenya mentor has participated at the webinar on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and Substance Use Disorders in Kenya on Friday, 15 May 2020. Together with Hussein Manji, Public Health Consultant at UNODC ROEA, the mentor outlines UNODC's support in the COVID-19 response among the most vulnerable groups, such as people who use drugs and who are affected by substance use disorders, people living with HIV and people living in prisons. The webinar

CfA: Civil Society Participation in INCB Thematic Hearing on "The Use of Drugs Among Older Persons"

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) will host the third civil society hearing for the INCB board members on the margins of this years INCB board meeting. The hearing will be on the topic of "The Use of Drugs Among Older Persons" and is planned for May 13, 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Vienna, Austria. Due to the rapidly changing situation in regards to COVID-19 the hearing might be held in another format

CND Blog Maps

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From its beginnings in 2009, the CND Blog has aimed to ensure transparency and provide live records of the discussions taking place at UN drug policy fora.

In line with these efforts, the CND Blog has launched an exciting new tool: a series of maps that visually represent country positions on key drug policy issues.

United Nation Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Vienna, Austria,

The Sixty-third United Nation Commission on Narcotic Drugs session will take place in Vienna, Austria, 2-6 March 2020.

The event involves the policy making body of the United Nations with the prime responsibility in drug related matters.

Drug Use Series from the Lancet Journals

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Executive Summary

The drug use landscape is dynamic and changing. Changes in public attitudes and laws towards drug use have occurred in an increasing number of countries.

Global drug production and consumption are increasing as are the risks and harms to health, while new substances continue to emerge. This Series focuses on opioids, cannabinoids, stimulants, and new psychoactive substances.

The Readiness Ruler as a Measure of Readiness to Change Poly-Drug Use in Drug Abusers

Hesse, Morten. “The Readiness Ruler as a measure of readiness to change poly-drug use in drug abusers.” Harm reduction journal vol. 3 3. 25 Jan. 2006, doi:10.1186/1477-7517-3-3


Readiness to change is a crucial issue in the treatment of substance use disorders. Experiences with methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) has shown that continuous drug and alcohol use with all its consequences characterize most MMT programs.

National Drugs Forum 2019

Dublin, Ireland,

The Health Research Board and the Department of Health will host the 2nd annual National Drugs Forum in Croke Park on 5th of November.

The theme of the forum is Inclusion Health: Responding to the complex health needs of people who use drugs. 

Drug Policy, Diplomacy and Public Health

Geneva, Switzerland,

The 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem set the tone for the drug policy reform debate but moving forward, many fear that this tone will be lost. In this 3-day course, we will explore questions such as: