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International Program Director and Former NIDA Humphrey Fellows Join UNODC Informal International Scientific Network

Following a 2014 informal scientific consultation facilitated by NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., and requests by United Nations member states, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has created an Informal International Scientific Network to enhance collaboration between member states and scientists on the issues of drug use and addiction. NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., and two former NIDA Hubert H.

Ongoing Activities

The International Program frequently works with international organizations and drug abuse research institutions in other nations to promote collaborative research, exchange information, and to move rapidly to address emerging opportunities. Current and recent partners include:

Report Warns of Worsening Drug Abuse in Myanmar Region

A new document, published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), reports that the manufacture, trafficking, and consumption of amphetamine-type stimulant (ATS) drugs in Myanmar, one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia, is worsening.

UNODC Report Finds Increases in Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use and New Psychoactive Substances

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2012 World Drug Report concludes that subtle changes in world drug markets, which have been otherwise stable for the past 5 years, are “proof of the resilience and adaptability of illicit drug suppliers and users.” The report, based on data collected in 2010, estimates that between 153 million and 300 million people age 15–64 used illicit drugs at least once in the past year and attributes 1 in every 100 adult deaths annually to illicit drug use (that figure rises to 1 in 20 for North America and Oceania).

UNODC Issues International Standards on Drug Use Prevention

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has published evidence-based guidelines on preventing drug abuse in individuals, families, schools, and communities. UNODC reports that every dollar spent on prevention saves at least $10 in future health, social, and crime costs. The standards are based on work by NIDA and other drug abuse research and international organizations.