Economic and Social Council


1600th Plenary Meeting
5 June 1969

1969/1401(XLVI).The application of urgent control measures to certain stimulant drugs*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Recalling General Assembly resolution 2433(XXIII) of 19 December, 1968, World Health Assembly resolutions WHA 20.43 of 25 May 1967 and WHA 21.42 of 23 May 1968, its own resolutions 1293(XLIV) and 1294(XLIV) of 23 May 1968 and the recommendations adopted by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at its twenty-first and twenty-second sessions as to control measures in respect of psychotropic substances,7/

Having received disquieting information that in some countries there is increasing misuse, especially by young people, of central nervous system stimulants notably of the amphetamine type,

Deeply concerned that such increasing abuse of these stimulants constitutes a grave danger for the health of the individual and for society and forseeing the serious risk that this abuse is likely, if unchecked, to spread further to other countries,

Convinced that immediate action is necessary to combat this threat to the health of mankind, and that this action will not be effective if limited only to individual countries and therefore necessitates co-operation among all Governments,

Considering that the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at its twenty-third session was unable to reach agreement on the applicability of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 19618/ to these substances,

Aware that the Commission on Narcotic Drugs is preparing an international instrument for the control of psychotropic substances not yet under international control,

Recommends that, pending the entry into force of such an international instrument, Governments shall use their utmost endeavours:

(a) To apply to the following substances, namely, amphetamine, dexamphetamine, methamphetamine, methylphenidate, phenmetrazine and pipradol, national control measures corresponding as closely as possible to those provided by the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, for the substances listed in Schedule I of that Convention; and

(b) To assist each other in so regulating the movements of these dangerous psychotropic substances as to provide effective safeguards against their misuse and, where appropriate, seek the assistance of the international bodies concerned.

1600th plenary meeting,
5 June 1969

7/ See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Forty-second Session, Supplement No. 2 (E/4294), chap. VI; and Ibid., Forty-fourth Session, Supplement No. 2 (E/4455), chap. VI.

8/ United Nations publication, Sales No.: 62.XI.1.

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its resolution 3(XXIII) (E/4606/Rev.1-E/CN.7/523/Rev.1, para. 374 and chap. XI draft resolution D), with minor amendments.