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United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

UN D&C is the committee within the UT MUN dedicated to discussing conflicts revolving around illicit drugs and crime. Within this committee participants will be bound to not only explore the topics in depth but also promote solutions that are viable for all participants to impart on. This committee is not only limited to international scale crime, it also relates to domestic issues as will be explored in this first iteration of the UT MUN.

Chairs: Pedro Hernandez and Vanessa Viera

Chair Report 1: Addressing the Global Opioid Problem

Chair Report 2: Addressing Rehabilitation within prisons worldwide

Topics

Addressing the Global Opioid Problem 

In order to reduce opioid overdose deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently drafted the  Community Management of Opioid Overdose Guidelines (2014). They recommended that the opioid antidote naloxone, as well as training in opioid overdose management, should be made available to people likely to witness an overdose. Opioid abuse affects not only the user, but also representatives such as health professionals, police and their families and peers. However, sustainable solutions need to be proposed which can be in the form of regulating production and distribution, to eradicate the problem of Opioid abuse.

Addressing Rehabilitation within Prisons Worldwide

The issue of prison-based rehabilitation is a complex one: while prisoners typically face a range of social, economic and personal challenges that may complicate their social reintegration into society, prisons often lack sufficient infrastructure, programmes, and resources, and may even exacerbate these problems. At the same time, the vast majority of prisoners will eventually be released and return to society. In order to reduce re-offending, it is therefore crucial to actively prepare prisoners for their successful resettlement in society through both prison-based programmes and post-release support. International collaboration, to create practical solutions, is required since various countries deal with their prisons and  prisoners differently.