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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, World Health Organization. [UNODC] (2018) International standards on drug use prevention. Second updated edition. Vienna: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 66 p.

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The first edition of these Standards was published in 2013, summarizing the evidence of drug use prevention at the global level with a view to identify effective strategies, ensuring that children and youth, especially the most marginalized and poor, grow and stay healthy and safe into adulthood and old age.

Member States and other national and international stakeholders recognised the value of this tool, with the Standards acknowledged multiple times as useful basis to improve the coverage and quality of evidence-based prevention.1 In addition, in 2015, the Member States of the United Nations made a series of wide-ranging commitments in the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030 and Target 3.5 pledges to strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. In April 2016, the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the world drug problem heralded a new era for addressing drug use and drug use disorders through a balanced and health-centred system approach.

In the context of this renewed emphasis on the health and wellbeing of people, UNODC and WHO are pleased to join forces and present this updated second edition. As in the case of the first edition, the Standards summarize the currently available scientific evidence on the basis of overview of recent systematic reviews, and describe interventions and policies that have been found to improve drug use prevention outcomes. In addition, the Standards identify the major components and features of an effective national prevention system. This work builds on, recognizes and is complementary to the work of many other organizations (e.g. EMCDDA, CCSA, CICAD, CP, NIDA2) which have developed other standards and guidelines on various aspects of drug use prevention.

It is our hope that the Standards will continue to guide policy makers and other national stakeholders worldwide to develop programmes, policies and systems that are a truly effective investment in the future of children, youth, families and communities.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD prevention
Source:UNODC
Date:December 2018
Pages:66 p.
Publisher:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Corporate Creators:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, World Health Organization
Place of Publication:Vienna
Notes:Pre-editing and pre-publication version
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Basic prevention categories > Universal prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Basic prevention categories > Targeted prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention programme or service
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention by sponsor or setting > School based prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention by sponsor or setting > Youth club / cafe based prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention by sponsor or setting > Community-based prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Family-focused prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Prevention through information and education
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Programme planning, implementation, and evaluation > Quality standards
T Demographic characteristics > Child
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
T Demographic characteristics > Prevention worker
VA Geographic area > International aspects

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