Global Illicit Drug Trends 2003

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This report presents supply and demand statistics and analyses on the evolution of the global illicit drug problem, thus allowing for an objective and up-to-date assessment of the world drug situation. The report is divided into two parts. The first deals with trends in illicit drug production, trafficking and consumption, while the second provides the statistics on which the globally aggregated estimates and trends are based. Most of the information included in this report comes from data extracted from the annual report questionnaire (ARQ) sent by governments to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2002 and from supplementary documents prepared by various sources.




After the steep decline recorded in 2001, world’s illicit opium and heroin production recovered in 2002 due to the resumption of large-scale opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan. By the end of 2002, coca bush cultivation had declined by 18%, compared with the end of 2001, thanks to a significant reduction of coca cultivation achieved in Colombia. The lack of adequate data does not enable UNODC to precisely monitor trends in cannabis and synthetic drug production from year to year. However, indirect indicators suggest that global production of cannabis and amphetamine-type stimulants continued to increase in 2002, although regional variations can be observed.


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