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UNODC to launch World Drug Report 2010

Vienna (Austria), 22 June 2010 - The UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa will launch the World Drug Report 2010, the organization's flagship publication, on 23 June in Washington, D.C. Mr. Costa will be joined by the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, and the Director of the Federal Drugs Control Service of the Russian Federation, Viktor Ivanov.

The World Drug Report provides detailed information on the global drug market. It includes detailed estimates and trends on drugs under international control, such as cannabis, coca/cocaine, opium/heroin, and synthetic drugs. This year's report shows that opium and coca cultivation is declining in Afghanistan and the Andean countries, respectively. In terms of drug use, it has stabilized in developing countries and signs indicate that it has increased in developing countries. The growing abuse of amphetamine-type stimulants and prescription drugs around the world is also highlighted.

Further information will be presented about the production, trafficking and use of illicit drugs at the event to take place at the National Press Club at 10:00 a.m. EST.