Management of substance abuse


mhGAP Intervention Guide - Version 2.0

This is the second version (2016) of the mhGAP Intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG) for mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders in non-specialist health settings. The mhGAP-IG Version 2.0 is a valuable tool to scale up services for people with MNS conditions and their families and includes a revised module for Substance Use Disorders

The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST)

This manual introduces the ASSIST test and describes how to use it in health care settings - particularly community based primary health care settings – to identify people who are using substances and assess the health risks associated with substance use, so that a brief discussion or a referral to specialist centre can be provided as appropriate.

AUDIT: The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test

Screening for alcohol consumption among patients in primary care carries many potential benefits. The AUDIT was developed as a simple method of screening for excessive drinking and to assist in brief assessment. Alongside with the companion publication on the AUDIT, WHO has also produced a manual to aid primary health care workers in administering brief interventions.

Latest publications

Drug use and road safety: a policy brief

This publication provides up-to-date information on drug use and road safety to support informed decisions on road safety and drug policies in WHO Member States.

The health and social effects of nonmedical cannabis use

This publication aims to present the current knowledge on the impact of nonmedical cannabis use on health.


WHO Resolutions Related to Substance Use

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WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence

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WHO Expert Committee on Problems Related to Alcohol Consumption

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UN International Drug Control Conventions

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UN Key Declarations

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