Head of UN drug office makes field visit to NYC streetsListen /
Yuri Fedotov, who usually works out of the UN's Vienna office, went to a New York City neighbourhood to see first hand how a drug prevention programme was changing lives.
His visit was organized by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), a national substance abuse prevention organization representing more than 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions across the United States and elsewhere in the world.
According to UNODC, about 27 million people worldwide or one in every 200 is a problem drug user. The organizations annual report also found that roughly 200,000 people die every year from narcotics abuse, with cannabis remaining the most popular drug of choice.
Julie Walker reports.