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Amphetamines and Ecstasy: 2011 Global ATS Assessment

13 September 2011

lllicit manufacture, trafficking and use of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) is one of the most significant drug problems worldwide. More than 65 countries have reported ATS-related clandestine manufacture since 1990. ATS and their precursors are trafficked worldwide, affecting all the regions. Global estimates of past year ATS users exceed those for heroin or cocaine.. more

Patterns and Trends of Amphetamine-Type Stimulants and Other Drugs - Asia and the Pacific

25 November 2010

This report provides consolidated up-to-date information on the current patterns and trends on the illicit manufacture, trafficking and use of amphetamine-type stimulants. It details the situations in 15 countries in East and South-East Asia and the Pacific (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam) and contains overviews of South Asia and the Pacific Island States and territories.

The report was prepared by the UNODC Global Synthetics Monitoring: Analyses, Reporting and Trends (SMART) Programme which works with Governments in the region to collect and share information and to support authorities in their efforts to improve the ability to respond to the law enforcement and public health challenges posed by synthetic drugs.... more

New Global SMART Update points to the emerging threat of methamphetamine from Africa

28 October 2010

The Global SMART Update (GSU4) has been expanded and in this issue the new phenomenon of methamphetamine originating from West Africa destined for countries in East Asia is being highlighted. The revised update now provides regional overviews and focuses on developments in the fast changing synthetic drug market by providing coverage of key issues related to traditional and emerging synthetic drugs and their various forms, manufacture locations and methods and chemicals, new and revised legislation, changing use patterns and groups, and market value throughout the world... more

Guide for the development of forensic document examination capacity

22 October 2010

Falsified documents play a major role in the migrant smuggling process and although the ability of forensic document examination to detect and disseminate intelligence about fraudulent documents is widely recognized and vital to immigration control and border security...... more

Mephedrone: a legal and potentially lethal high

13 April 2010

The use of mephedrone, a synthetic drug often touted as a legal alternative to amphetamine or cocaine.... more

CNPA Laboratory, Kabul: Third Laboratory Information Bulletin

26 March 2010

The third issue of the Information Bulletin of the Laboratory of the Counter-narcotics Police in Afghanistan provides an overview of recent developments in the laboratory and the most interesting forensic findings on exceptional drug seizures in Afghanistan ... more

Crime scene and physical evidence awareness training delivered to law enforcement officers in Pakistan

Vienna , 17 February 2010

22 officers from various law enforcement agencies participated in a crime scene and physical evidence awareness course hosted by the Federal Investigation Agency in Islamabad from 8 to 11 February 2010..... more