What efforts and programs address the drug problem worldwide?

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There are several international organizations dedicated entirely to tackling the global drug problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that millions of people all over the world have used an illict drug at least once in their lives. Opioid overdose is currently a leading cause of death in the United States. It is clear that drug use is a global dilemma, and various organizations have implemented programs and strategies to address it.

It's important to note that, even though drug use is a global problem, rather than providing a single program to tackle drug use globally, organizations based in various countries have launched efforts within their own nations and general areas to address drug use. Most organizations focus on treatment for those who struggle with substance abuse, as well as educational and media campaigns for younger people.

The World Health Organization has launched perhaps the largest global initiative against substance abuse in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). According to the initiative's introduction, young people are particularly vulnerable to substance abuse. It is important, then, to encourage education and maintaining good health from a young age.

Of course, the initiative is so large that many nations and organizations have partnered with WHO/UNODC to help. Governmental non-profit organizations (NGOs) help connect local government to WHO/UNODC, for example, and governments can provide funding. The Norwegian government, for instance, provides significant funding to the WHO/UNODC initiative. NGOs are also vital to community outreach.

The main focus of international programs and initiatives like this one, as well as smaller programs focused in individual countries, seems to be education. Education is widely believed to be the best way to combat illicit drug use, especially the education of people from an early age. For those who already struggle with substance abuse, many organizations approach the problem as a disease or disorder that requires treatment, rather than a crime.

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