Economic and Social Council


1042nd Plenary Meeting
28 July 1958

1958/689(XXVI)D.National control of normethadone*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Observing that the World Health Organization, in its study on the potency, side-effects and addiction liability of synthetic narcotics,29/ found that the addictioning-sustaining dose of the new synthetic narcotic, normethadone, equalled that of morphine, and that the drug may thus be regarded as equally dangerous as morphine,

Noting that this drug came under international control in November 1954 following a recommendation to this effect by the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Addiction-producing Drugs,

Learning that normethadone is coming into general use in some countries,

Urges all countries that have not yet done so, and in particular such countries as are manufacturing and exporting normethadone, to place that drug under national control.

1042nd plenary meeting,
28 July 1958

29/ E/CN.7/325

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its draft resolution II(XIII) (E/3133 - E/CN.7/354, annex I).