A Century of International Drug Control

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United Nations Publications, 2010 - Political Science - 104 pages
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The international drug control system is one of the oldest consensus-based multilateral systems in existence. While the use of psychoactive substances itself extends back many centuries, today's international drug control system is rooted in efforts made a century ago to address the largest substance abuse problem the world has ever faced: the Chinese opium epidemic. The present volume is not a diplomatic history, it aims only to present the basic development of the modern drug control system: why and how it arose, how it impacted drug production and consumption and its legacy for present and future international drug control efforts.

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The Drug Situation Prior to the Establishment of an International Drug Control System
The Emergence of an International Drug Control Consensus
The Development of the Legal Framework and Codification of the International Control System
International Drug Control under the Auspices of the United Nations
Drug Trends over a Century of Drug Control
Achievements and unintended Consequences of the International Drug Control System

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