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Key UN Conventions and resources

Conventions

Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 as amended by the 1972 Protocol

Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971

United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988

 

Other Documents

Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly 20th Special Session (1998)

Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly 17th Special Session (1990)

General Assembly Resolution on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

General Assembly Resolutions

Reports of the Secretary-General

Commission on Narcotic Drugs

International Narcotics Control Board

Resources

United Nations

General Assembly Twentieth Special Session: World Drug Problem (8-10 June 1998)

Commission on Narcotic Drugs

International Narcotics Control Board

United Nations Decade against Drug Abuse

Youth and the United Nations: Drug Abuse

UNODC

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Studies on Drugs and Crime

World Drug Report - Global Illicit Drug Trends

Building family skills to prevent drug use

List of Precursors and Chemicals frequently used in the Illict Manufacture of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances under International Control

UNODC-WHO Joint Programme on drug dependence treatment and care

UNODC/WHO Global Initiative on Primary Prevention of Substance Abuse

Multilingual Dictionary of Precursors and Chemicals Frequently Used in the Illicit Manufacture of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances under International Control

WHO

Substance abuse

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Management of substance abuse

WHO and HIV/AIDS

WHO/UNODC/UNAIDS position paper Substitution maintenance therapy in the management of opioid dependence and HIV/AIDS prevention

UNAIDS

People who use injecting drugs - Technical policies of the UNAIDS Programme

 

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F
acts:

    • Around 210 million people, or 4.8 per cent of the population aged 15-64, took illicit substances at least once in 2010.
    • Cannabis users comprised the largest number of illicit drug users in 2010 (129-190 million people).
    • The cocaine production is decreasing, due to less production in Colombia in 2010. The United States remains the biggest marked for cocaine, although consumption has decreased dramatically.
    • In 2007 and 2008, cocaine was used by some 16 to 17 million people worldwide.
    • 74 percent of the opium production world wide took place in Afghanistan in 2010. The production was at 3,600 tons.
    • In 2008, global heroin seizures reached a record level of 73.7 metric tons.
    • There is evidence for the existence of opium poppy in Europe as long ago as 4,200 B.C. and even earlier.
    • There are indications that cannabis was used as early as 4000 B.C. in Central Asia and north-westernChina, with written evidence going back to 2700 B.C. in the pharmacopeia of emperor Chen-Nong


The first international conference to discuss the world’s narcotics problem was convened in February 1909 in Shanghai. This forum became known as the Opium Commission and it laid the groundwork for the elaboration of the first international drug treaty, the International Opium Convention of The Hague (1912).131