The World Health Organization has many strategies to prevent illegal drug use. Generally speaking, operational objectives are shorter term than strategic objectives. They are day-to-day objectives that agencies can employ to improve the overall public health. Founded in 1948, the World Health Organization is the largest international agency devoted to public health.
The World Health Organization largely plays a role in overseeing countries’ individual strategies. Because its role is an advisory one, the WHO makes recommendations to countries at issue with the overarching strategic goal of reducing supply of and access to drugs worldwide.
Some operational principles include the deployment and management of programs such as Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT). BCT is employed largely in the case of partners wherein one member has been abusive as a result of drug use. The process involves routine counseling to help couples to work out marital issues, which has been shown to help individuals with drinking or substance use disorders.
Another operational recommendation is the establishment of life skills training and diversionary programs. Life skills training (LST) involves providing young adults with the education required to avoid the negative influences of the media, improve communication skills, and cope with the stress and anxiety that can trigger drug use. Diversionary projects include cultural and athletic diversions (much like a YMCA) in order to provide a healthy alternative to drug use for adolescents.