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World Health Organization Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Locations
WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
20, Avenue Appia Management of Substance Abuse Team (NMH/MSD/MSB)
Geneva 27 CH-1211
Switzerland
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Phone
+41 22 791 3494
Fax
+41 22 791 4851
Website
http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/



World Health Organization Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

WHO is the only agency dealing with all psychoactive substances, regardless of their legal status. WHO’s mandate in the area of psychoactive substance use includes:

  • Prevention and reduction of the negative health and social consequences of psychoactive substance use;
  • Reduction of the demand for non-medical use of psychoactive substances;
  • Assessment of psychoactive substances so as to advise the United Nations with regard to their regulatory control.

Since its founding in 1948, WHO has played a leading role in supporting countries to prevent and reduce the problems due to psychoactive substance use, and in recommending which psychoactive substances should be regulated. In 2000, the Department of Substance Abuse was merged with the Department of Mental Health to form the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, reflecting the many common approaches of management of mental health and substance use disorders.

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