ASEAN Work Plan on Securing Communities Against Illicit Drugs 2016-2025

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has always been committed to combating drug abuse in the region.

The ultimate goal is to achieve a ‘Drug-Free ASEAN’ by successfully and effectively addressing illicit drug activities and mitigating their negative consequences to society. ASEAN hopes to achieve this through the sustainable reduction of illicit crop cultivation, illicit manufacture and trafficking of drugs and drug-related crimes, and illicit drug use.

The ASEAN Work Plan on Securing Committees against Illicit Drugs 2016-2025 was adopted at the 5th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters (AMMD) in 2016.

ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters (ASOD)

ASOD is the main ASEAN body responsible for handling drug-related matters. It comprises the Heads of Anti-Drug Agencies in ASEAN and their delegations, and monitors the implementation of the Work Plan.

The ASOD is supported by five working groups: Preventive Education, Treatment and Rehabilitation, Law Enforcement, Research, and Alternative Development.

ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters (AMMD)

To align efforts with local governments and encourage collaboration between ASEAN Member States, ASOD reports the implementation progress of the Work Plan to the AMMD, attended by the ASEAN ministers responsible for drug matters, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Heads of Anti-Drug Agencies in ASEAN and their respective delegations.

The AMMD meets once every two years to review and evaluate the implementation progress of the Work Plan.

Preventive Education

The Work Plan’s Preventive Education section comprises three components.

Promotes awareness through educational campaigns across the region, aiming to build the resilience of youth against drugs and convey to communities the impact of drugs on at-risk groups

This is achieved by:

  • Adopting ASEAN’s common symbol, the green-and-white ribbon, for preventive education activities and the campaigns against drugs
  • Developing an ASEAN campaign focused on preventing drug abuse, encouraging young people to say no to drugs, and educating the general public about the risks of drug addiction
  • Convening national and regional-scale educational activities
  • Developing national campaigns, as appropriate, focused on preventing the trafficking of illicit drugs by vulnerable individuals/groups
  • Announcing the ban of and serious punishments for drug smuggling on international flights, and displaying such warnings at land/sea border checkpoints
  • Integrating a prevention curriculum programme into national educational systems and/or other educational institutions

Develops and implements regional programmes to reach out-of-school youth and other at-risk groups

This is achieved by:

  • Continuing to share experiences and best practices among ASEAN Member States
  • Collaborating with national agencies and social organisations, where relevant, to conduct workshops and/or seminars on developing programmes that reach out to out-of-school youth and other at-risk groups
  • Considering to include a ‘self-resilience’ component to early intervention programmes, encouraging highly at-risk groups, including out-of-school youths to say no to drugs

Formulates and implements family-based, school-based, community-based, workplace-based and environment-based practices and policies based on scientific evidence

This is achieved by:

  • Adopting evidence-based practices and policies based on international standards in prevention, where applicable, to suit the unique situation of each ASEAN Member State

Anti-Drug Ribbon

Anti-Drug Ribbon
The anti-drug ribbon, which is a green ribbon over a white one, represents support for the anti-drug cause. The colours of the ribbon represent ‘Health’, ‘Vitality’ and ‘Strength’.

At the 5th AMMD in 2016, the anti-drug ribbon was adopted by ASEAN ministers as a symbol of the anti-drug cause and our united stand against drugs. The anti-drug ribbon shall be used in preventive education campaigns across ASEAN.

Countries who wish to produce the anti-drug ribbon to promote the cause may download the specifications here.

ASEAN Preventive Drug Education Portal

The ASEAN Preventive Drug Education Portal supports the implementation of Preventive Education.

It was first presented as a proof-of-concept at the 37th ASOD in August 2016, and subsequently endorsed by the ASEAN Secretariat in December 2016.

The Portal is currently hosted and managed in Singapore. It provides Preventive Drug Education practitioners in ASEAN easy and quick access to a wide range of resources, and encourages them to share their experiences and best practices. This is especially useful for countries with less advanced media and education industries. ASOD delegates from the Preventive Education Working Group are encouraged to contribute their resources and experience to develop its capabilities.

To share your feedback on the Portal, get in touch at

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