Topic A: Heroin Trafficking
While the Commission on Narcotic Drugs concerns itself with drug trafficking generally, the cultivation, movement, and sale of heroin is a topic particularly worth the Commission's attention. Sold at prices as high as ten times those of cocaine, small amounts of heroin can easily be smuggled and yet generate significant profits for traffickers, some of whom are linked to radical and terrorist groups. Moreover, the health effects of heroin are far more acute than those of cocaine and other frequently trafficked drugs, making it a top priority for the Commission on Narcotic Drugs to address.
Chi Chi Nwodoh is a junior at Harvard concentrating in Chemistry, pursuing a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy, and a citation in French. She has a passion for the sciences, personal health and wellness, which she combines with an interest with world affairs. Last year, she served as the chair for the African Union at WorldMUN 2017, and couldn’t be more excited to come back. At Harvard, she has also participates at the Harvard Ed Portal, HNMUN, Harvard African Students Association, and other organizations. When she’s not on campus, she enjoys driving around Massachusetts where she’s lived most of her life. Additionally, she loves to travel, so maybe about her studies in Paris during the summer of 2017! Overall, Chi Chi is ecstatic to share her second WorldMUN experience with all delegates, and hopes it will be the best WorldMUN yet!
Topic B: Treatment of Heroin Usage
Although the World Health Organization has long taken the lead on international policymaking on drug treatment, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs is uniquely positioned tackle this issue head on. How might an approach centered on the reduction of demand rather than the limiting of supply change how national and international drug enforcement agencies operate? Regarding heroin in particular, how might the threat posed by so-called "gateway" drugs such as legal opiates and painkillers play into the Commission's response to increased rates of heroin usage?