Narcotic Drugs 2018

Estimated World Requirements for 2019 - Statistics for 2017

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This publication contains information about the licit movement of the internationally controlled narcotic drugs included in the Schedules of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. This includes information on cultivation of opiate raw materials, on extraction of alkaloids from opium, poppy straw and concentrate of poppy straw; on the manufacture of consumption, utilization and stocks of opiates and opioids; and international global trade in narcotic drugs as well as in individual countries/territories. It also contains the estimated requirements of narcotic drugs for each country and territory.

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Comments on the reported statistics on narcotic drugs

After a sharp decrease in global stocks and production of opium in 2016, there was an increase in 2017 in both stocks and manufacture. However, utilization, imports and exports continued to decrease, further signalling a trend towards the eventual elimination of the drug from the international market for opiate raw materials.

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