Synthetic drug data collection efforts strengthened in Timor Leste

Responding to recent drug trends and the need for more reliable synthetic drug data, UNODC and the Government of Timor Leste conducted a workshop in support of data collection

efforts last week in Dili. The efforts come in response to trends identified in the recent UNODC report, “Synthetic Drugs in East and Southeast Asia: Patterns and Trends of Amphetamine-Type Stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances”, which pointed out that the increased production, trafficking and use of synthetic drugs, in particular methamphetamine, in East and Southeast Asia. While there has been no slowing down in the expansion of the regional methamphetamine market, the scarcity of data related to illicit drugs in Timor Leste has significant hindered efforts to accurately assess the extent of drug challenges in the country. (Read More)