Bulletin on Narcotics

Volume LIII, Nos. 1 and 2, 2001

Dynamic drug policy: Understanding and controlling drug epidemics

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The Bulletin on Narcotics is designed to provide information on developments in drug control at the local, national, regional and international levels that would benefit the international community. It is a United Nations publication that is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Individuals and organizations are invited by the Editor to contribute articles to the Bulletin dealing with policies, approaches, measures and developments (theoretical and/or practical) relating to various aspects of the drug control effort. Of particular interest are the results of research, studies and practical experience that would provide useful information for policy makers, practitioners and experts, as well as the public at large.

The present issue of the Bulletin contains papers that were originally prepared for a symposium on the theme “Dynamic drug policy: understanding and controlling drug epidemics” that was organized by the United Nations International Drug Control Programme and the Technical University of Vienna from 22 to 24 May 2000.

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The following special issues of the Bulletin are also available as United Nations publications:


Emerging directions and trends in drug abuse control (vol. XLII, No. 1)


Involvement of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in matters of drug abuse control (vol. XLIII, No. 1)


The role of law enforcement agencies in drug abuse control (vol. XLIV, No. 1)
The environmental impact of drug abuse (vol. XLIV, No. 2)


Policy issues relating to drug abuse and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (vol. XLV, No. 1)
Drug testing in the workplace (vol. XLV, No. 2)


The family and drug abuse (vol. XLVI, No. 1)
General issue on drug abuse (vol. XLVI, No. 2)


Special issue on gender and drug abuse (vol. XLVII, Nos. 1 and 2)


Special issue on rapid assessment of drug abuse (vol. XLVIII, Nos. 1 and 2)

1997 and 1998

Double issue on cannabis: recent developments (vol. XLIX, Nos. 1 and 2, and vol. L, Nos. 1 and 2)


Occasional papers (vol. LI, Nos. 1 and 2)


Economic and social costs of substance abuse (vol. LII, Nos. 1 and 2)

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