Global SMART Update 2018

Vol. 20


The Global SMART Update is designed to provide regular brief reports on emerging patterns and trends of the global synthetic drug situation.

The current issue provides insight into the dynamics of the rapidly expanding methamphetamine market by analysing the key trends and drivers of the methamphetamine market. From a market when manufacture was concentrated in specific sub-regions, it has evolved to a market with global trafficking flows and global seizure quantities growing more than 6 times since 2008. Despite an increasing number of reports on harms and deaths relating to methamphetamine use, the extent of the threat might nevertheless be greatly underestimated. Methamphetamine is often used in combination with other substances, which poses a significant challenge in determining the spread of methamphetamine use and in associating methamphetamine use to treatment cases and fatalities.



UN document ID number: N/A
Publication date: September 2018
Number of pages: 16
File type: PDF
Languages: English, Spanish, Russian