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June 2017 – UNODC-SMART: Report on the "The Challenge of Synthetic Drugs in East and South-East Asia" is launched

On 1st June 2017, the UNODC SMART Programme launched the report entitled "The Challenge of Synthetic Drugs in East and South-East Asia" in Bangkok, Thailand. This report provides an overview of the trends and features of the market for amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and new psychoactive substances (NPS) in the East and South-East Asian region.

According to the findings of this report, the market for methamphetamine in particular continues to expand in the region with seizures of both forms of methamphetamine - tablets and crystalline - reaching record highs in 2015, with most countries noting an increasing use of the substance. Both the number and the scale of illicit methamphetamine manufacturing facilities continue to increase to meet the rapidly rising demand for methamphetamine in the region. In addition, various NPS have emerged in the region, which have added to the complexity and created new challenges.


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For more information, please see:

UNODC report on “The Challenge of Synthetic Drugs in East and South-East Asia”
http://www.apaic.org/images/SMART-PDF/2017_The_Challenge_of_Synthetic_Drugs_in_East_and_SEA.pdf

Press release of the report launch
http://www.unodc.org/documents/southeastasiaandpacific//press-release/2017/Press_release_new_synthetic_drug_report_UNODC.pdf

UNODC web story of the report launch
http://www.unodc.org/southeastasiaandpacific/en/2017/06/new-synthetic-drugs-report-launch/story.html

 

June 2017 – UNODC: Special Event on implementing the scheduling decisions of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Preceding the intersessional meeting, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) had organized a Special Event, sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom and the UNODC Laboratory and Scientific Section (LSS) on implementing the scheduling decisions on new psychoactive substances (NPS) of the Commission. UNODC presented on the process taking place after the scheduling of substances and the role of the Laboratory and Scientific Section (LSS) in this regard, adding to the contributions made by representatives from the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

Figure 1: Implementation of the scheduling decisions


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For more information, please see:

Post-UNGASSS website – News on “6 June 2017 - Next intersessional meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and Special event on implementing the scheduling decisions of the CND”
http://www.unodc.org/postungass2016/

Presentation by Dr. Justice Tettey, Chief of LSS, on “Implementing the Scheduling Decisions of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs”
http://www.unodc.org/documents/postungass2016//follow-up/Special_Events/170606/UNODC_CND_June_6_Intersessional_LSS.pdf

Post-UNGASSS website with an overview of the special events and Intersessional meetings
http://www.unodc.org/postungass2016/en/follow-up-process.html#SpecialEvents

Programme of the special event on “Implementing the scheduling decisions of the CND”
http://www.unodc.org/documents/postungass2016//follow-up/Special_Events/170606/Flyer6JuneCNDSpecialEvent.jpg