The Public Health Dimension of the World Drug Problem: How WHO Works to Prevent Drug Misuse, Reduce Harm and Improve Safe Access to Medicine. WHO. (2019)

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The world drug problem has multiple public health dimensions encompassing vulnerability to drug use disorders and dependence, treatment and care of people with drug use disorders, reducing harm associated with drug misuse, and access to controlled medicines for medical pain relief.

 

In partnership with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which is recognized as the leading UN entity for countering the world drug problem, the World Health Organization (WHO) has a pivotal and unique role in addressing the public health and human rights dimensions of global issues related to drugs.


Keywords: prevention, drug use, harm reduction, access, medicines

 

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