Treatment of drug use disorders

Adequate and balanced policies

Adequate policies, programmes and control at the international, national and local level are key to preventing opioid dependence. In addition, adequate and timely treatment is essential to helping those who have developed an opioid dependence. Unfortunately, there are still large gaps worldwide in the availability of effective measures to mitigate the opioids crisis.

This is demonstrated by the WHO Global Survey on Resources for Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder (2014):

  • Only half of responding countries had methadone available for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence.
  • Only 37% of responding countries provided access to postgraduate training programmes in treating drug use disorders.

 

More data on the prevention and treatment of drug use disorders can be found in the WHO Global Information System on Resources for Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders which is a part of the Global Health Observatory data repository.