UNODC launches updated multilingual dictionary of drugs under international control

VIENNA, 5 February 2007 (UNODC) - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime today launched an updated multilingual dictionary of all drugs controlled under the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the Convention on Psychotropic Substances.

Drugs may have different names, particularly in commerce and in technical literature, which complicates the task of national and international drug control authorities. The dictionary alleviates this by providing current information on existing chemical names and variants, synonyms, common generic and trade names of over 240 drugs.

The dictionary is now fully searchable by common or chemical name of substances. It provides two-way translation between English and the five other official UN languages of all controlled substances, as well as common salts and derivatives.

The dictionary also provides information on the international control regime, as well as on the scheduling history and control status of all substances covered by the Conventions.

To access the dictionary, click here.

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