Management of substance abuse

The ASSIST package

The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance involvement Screening Test

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.

ASSIST Brief Intervention

The ASSIST-linked brief intervention for hazardous and harmful substance use: a manual for use in primary care. This manual explains the rational for providing brief discussion based interventions in health care settings and describe how health care workers can conduct brief interventions for clients whose substance use is putting their health at risk.

ASSIST Self Help Strategies

Self-help strategies for cutting down or stopping substance use: a guide. This guide was developed to assist patients who are at risk because of their substance use to weigh up their substance use behavior and to change it using self-help strategies.

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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