100 years of drug control

The International Opium Commission, which convened in Shanghai, China, from 1 to 26 February 1909, gave rise to the first instrument of international law to deal with psychoactive substances, the International Opium Convention signed at The Hague on 23 January 1912.

A century of drug control


A Century of International Drug Control

Stories: this day in history

21 February 1971: Signature of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971

16 February 1943: Establishment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

23 January 1912: Signature of the International Opium Convention


The 1909 Shanghai Opium Commission (2 minutes 51 seconds - Download)
Achievements of the past century (2 minutes 2 seconds - Download)
Looking at the future (1 minute 28 seconds - Download)