World Drug Report 2008

The World Drug Report presents comprehensive information on the illicit drug situation. It provides detailed estimates and trends on production, trafficking and consumption in the opium/heroin, coca/cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine-type stimulants markets. The drug problem is being contained but there are warning signs that the stabilisation which has occurred over the last few years could be in danger. Notable amongst these is the increase in both opium poppy and coca cultivation in 2007,some growth in consumption in developing countries and some development of new trafficking patterns. There have also been encouraging contractions in some of the main consumer markets. This year, almost one hundred years since the Shanghai Opium Commission in 1909, the Report presents an historical review of the development of the international drug control system.



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A century of drug control

100 years of drug control

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Full report English (Interactive presentation)

Full report English (PDF, 7.30 MB)

Full report French (PDF, 14.8 MB)

Full report Spanish (PDF, 10.4 MB)

Full report Русский (PDF, 12 MB)

Seizures (PDF, 480 KB)

Seizures of illicit laboratories (PDF, 75 KB)

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Executive Summary

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Français (PDF, 1 MB)

Español (PDF, 1.8 MB)


1. Trends in world drug markets

1.1 Overview
1.2 Opium / Heroin market
1.3 Coca / Cocaine market
1.4 Cannabis market
1.5 Amphetamine-type stimulants market

2. A century of international drug control

2.1 Origins: The development of the opium problem in China
2.2 The foundation of an international drug control system
2.3 Drug control under the League of Nations, 1920-1945
2.4 Development of the present system under the United Nations
2.5 Achievements and unintended consequences of the international drug control system

3. Statistical annex

3.1 Production
3.2 Seizures
3.3 Seizures of illict laboratories
3.4 Prices
3.5 Consumption

4. Methodology



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