World Drug Report 2007

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This report offers one of the most comprehensive insights into global trends in international culture, production, seizure and price of illicit drugs. It examines trends in the world’s four major markets: opium and heroin, coca and cocaine, cannabis, and amphetamine-type stimulants. This edition provides an in-depth examination of the link between transnational organized crime and drug trafficking. A detailed statistical appendix on production, prices and consumption completes this book, which gives the reader a comprehensive picture of the world’s drug problem.

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Invisible empire or invisible hand?

Transnational drug interdiction is an evolving technology. Decades of experience, of successes and failures, inform the way anti-trafficking operations are conducted today. While the traffickers have also learned from experience, there have been clear gains in the share of the global drug outputs seized by law enforcement. Between 1994 and 2005, the share of global heroin production that was seized more than doubled, from 10 per cent to 26 per cent, while the share of global cocaine production seized increased from 23 per cent to 42 per cent. This chapter argues that documenting this success, particularly by capturing and analysing the details of each seizure, is key to ensuring that it continues.

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