Economic and Social Council


805th Plenary Meeting
12 July 1954

1954/548(XVIII)G.The problem of diacetylmorphine*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Considering that in 1931 the Conference for the Limitation of the Manufacture of Narcotic Drugs recommended that governments examine the possibility of abolishing or restricting the use of diacetylmorphine, and that the Committee of Experts of that Conference believed that diacetylomorphine could be dispensed with entirely,

Considering that the Sixth World Health Assembly expressed its conviction that diacetylmorphine was not irreplaceable for medical practice, and passed a resolution63/ recommending that Member States not already having done so abolish the importation and manufacture of the drug,

Noting that only seven members of the World Health Organization are not at the present time in favour of the dispensability of diacetylmorphine,

1. Urges all governments to prohibit the manufacture, import and export of diacetylomorphine and its salts, preparations and preparations of its salts, except for such small amounts as may be necessary for scientific purposes only;

2. Requests the Secretary-General to communicate this resolution to all governments for such action as they may be in a position to take.

805th plenary meeting,
12 July 1954

63/ See Official Records of the World Health Organization, No. 48, resolution WHA 6.14.

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in a draft resolution (E/2606-E/CN.7/283, annex A, para. 6), with a minor amendment.