International Narcotics Control Board

Posted on May 31, 2018


The INCB Learning project was launched in 2016 as a global initiative to
governments in the regulatory control and
monitoring of the licit trade in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals. Training seminars were
held last year for countries in East Africa, South and East Asia and the Pacific regions, and for European countries earlier
this year. Other INCB Learning activities include the production of e
learning modules on the requirements of the drug
conventions for use by governments.
To date, a total of 159 officials from 68 countries has been trained in INCB Learning seminars. INCB Learning has
benefitted from the support of the
of Australia,
and the United States. To continue and expand
these activities, INCB Learning depends on further contributions by Member States
Supervised drug consumption rooms
In the last few years, the Board has noted developments in several States with respect to the
establishment or continued operation of supervised drug
consumption facilities or “drug injection
rooms”. The objective of these facilities has been to reduce the transmission of communicable blood
borne diseases, to prevent overdose death and to provide target populations with access to basic health
care and
social services, including treatment and rehabilitation opportunities.
In the past, the Board has expressed reservations concerning the operation of “drug consumption
rooms” because of concerns that their operation may increase the risk of drug abuse and t
The Board has also expressed unease at the provenance of the substances used in “drug consumption
rooms”, as they are or may have been illicitly obtained.
The Board encourages any national, state or local authority that permits the establishmen
t and
operation of “drug injection rooms” to take measures to ensure that such facilities do not provide an
additional opportunity for trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs. As State parties to the international
drug control conventions, Governments have
an obligation to combat illicit drug trafficking in all its
The Board wishes to reiterate that, in order for the operation of such facilities to be consistent
with the international drug conventions, certain conditions must be fulfilled. Chief among
conditions is that the ultimate objective of these measures is to reduce the adverse consequences of
drug abuse through treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration measures, without condoning or
increasing drug abuse or encouraging drug trafficking.
“Drug consumption rooms” must be operated
within a framework that offers treatment and rehabilitation services as well as social reintegration
measures, either directly or by active referral for access, and must not be a substitute for demand
reduction pr
ogrammes, in particular prevention and treatment activities.
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