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Global Illicit Drug Trends 1999

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While the supply side dimensions of the international drug problem have been recognized for decades, the demand side has traditionally been considered a domestic issue, not conducive to international assessment. The present report, based on data obtained primarily from the annual reports questionnaires (ARQ) received by UNDCP up to February 1999, presents not only the supply side data but also the demand side data, in an effort to give a balanced approach in the assessment of the drug problem. In addressing the global trends in illicit drug supply and trafficking, the report discusses cultivation, manufacture, trafficking routes, methods of transportation and seizures. On the demand side, the report focuses on global trends, the extent of drug abuse, drug abuse among youth and prison populations, modes of intake and costs and the consequences of drug abuse. Comprehensive statistical tables, presented for multiple years, will greatly facilitate comparative studies.

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Modes of intake

316. One of the questions in the ARQ refers to modes of intake for various drugs. Not all countries that submitted ARQ responses over the periods 1992-1994 and 1995-1997, however, provided information on modes of intake. Therefore, the data presented below on trends in modes of intake of various drugs over the periods 1992-1994 and 1995-1997 may not necessarily be a complete and accurate reflection of the situation, worldwide or regionally. It may however be assumed that the available data do provide a broad indication of current and emerging trends in regard to modes of intake of various drugs.

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