World Drug Report 2023

The year 2023 marks the midpoint of the work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The global drug phenomenon continues to challenge both the implementation of SDG targets and efforts to promote peace, security and human rights.

Inequality and social and economic disparities continue to drive and be driven by the drug phenomenon, threating public health and human rights. Disparities between the global North and South, urban and rural settings, and across subpopulations all contribute to the harms from drugs.

Illicit drug economies, converging crimes, displacement and conflict are accelerating environmen taldevastation and degrading human rights, especially in vulnerable groups.

Synthetics and innovations in illegal drug manufacturing and trafficking challenge justice responses.

New research on the use of controlled drugs in treating mental health conditions shows that such treatments have potential but regulators run the risk of increasing harm if public health is not prioritized over commercial interests.

You can access the key messages from the report AT THIS LINK.