The underlying aim of international drug control efforts is to protect the health and welfare of humankind. However, significant events in global drug markets over the past few years have been associated with increasing incidents of health harms, including fatalities and emergency room admissions and organized crime. Such events include the phenomenon of the so-called ‘legal highs’; the on-going opioids crisis which is affecting mainly North America, but also parts of Africa and the Middle East, and the recent explosion of methamphetamine manufacture and use in South East Asia.
The lecture documents some of these defining events and highlights the efforts of the United Nations to support countries in their efforts to address these issues, including through promoting new paradigms in drug prevention, such as early warning systems; enhancing national forensic capacity and the recent introduction of the United Nations Toolkit on Synthetic Drugs.
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