11 December 2018 - More than 30 million people worldwide are suffering from drug use disorders and only one in six have access to treatment, according to UNODC estimates. Many of them are in prison or in other ways in contact with the criminal justice system at some point in their life. The global prison population has almost reached 11 million people and has grown by 24 per cent since the year 2000.

To address this issue, UNODC started rolling out a training based on the new publication jointly written with the World Health Organization (WHO): " Treatment and Care for People with Drug Use Disorders in Contact with the Criminal Justice System- Alternatives to Conviction or Punishment."