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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Supply of opiate raw materials and demand for opiates for medical and scientific purposes

The present analysis has been prepared by examining the data on opiate raw materials and the opiates manufactured from those raw materials. On the basis of data submitted by countries, the cultivation and production of opium poppy showed a significant decrease in 2017. Several factors contributed to the decline in production, including a fall in the demand for opiate raw materials, stricter control measures on codeine preparations in some countries, and the introduction in some countries of stricter control measures for strong opioids as a result of the opioid crisis.

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