Substances Frequently Used in the Illicit Manufacture of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

This 2-part publication  provides a basic description of sixty-four substances most frequently used in the illicit manufacture of drugs of abuse, including their synonyms, chemical characteristics, physical appearance, safety warning, storage and handling, legitimate and illicit uses, identification and analysis. It is meant to provide assistance especially to law enforcement officers in their operations (Part A) and to laboratories for their analysis (Part B). The 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances addresses in article 12, the monitoring and control of specific chemicals, solvents and precursors used in the illegal processing or manufacture of controlled drugs. Twenty-three substances frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances are currently placed under international control. In addition to the twenty-three substances under international control, this publication contains other substances frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

This document is available to law Enforcement Officers, Regulatory Authorities and Laboratory Personnel on request.