International document sources

This section lists a wide range of institutional and online library sources for books, reports, and guidelines covering drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Please contact Harry Shapiro at or Jackie Buckle at if you have suggestions for inclusion in this list.

Canadian Center on Substance Abuse (CCSA)

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse has, for 25 years, partnered with public, private and non-governmental organizations to improve the health and safety of Canadians.​

Drugtext is an information center on substance use, dependence, harm reduction, international & national drug policy.

European monitoring centre on drugs and drug addiction (EMCDDA)

The EMCDDA exists to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate. Today it offers policymakers the data they need for drawing up informed drug laws and strategies. It also helps professionals and practitioners working in the field pinpoint best practice and new areas of research.


Erowid is a non-profit educational & harm-reduction resource with 60 thousand pages of online information about psychoactive drugs, plants, chemicals, and more.

Harm Reduction International

Harm Reduction International is a non-governmental organisation working to promote and expand support for harm reduction. With over 8,000 members worldwide, Harm Reduction International is the largest membership-based global harm reduction association. They have an extensive resource library on harm reduction.

International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)

The IDPC is a global network promoting objective and open debate on drug policy. They have an extensive collection of reports and briefings.

International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)

The INCB is the independent and quasi-judicial monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions.

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)

The overall mission of NDARC is: to conduct and disseminate high quality research and related activities that increases the effectiveness of treatment and other intervention responses to alcohol and other drug related harm in Australia

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. It has an extensive library of documents.

The Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime

The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime is a network of prominent law enforcement, governance and development practitioners who are dedicated to seeking new and innovative strategies to end organized crime.


The UNAIDS website has 6 years of policy documents relating to AIDS/HIV.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

WHO’s primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system.