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2010-06-24 07:20:00

A UN report said Wednesday that drug use is moving away from cocaine and opiates and growing towards synthetic drugs. "The world's supply of the two main problem drugs -- opiates and cocaine -- keeps declining," the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found in its 2010 World Drug Report presented Wednesday. It noted that the land used for opium cultivation in the last two years has shrunk by 23 percent.  Coca cultivation has dropped by 28 percent in the last decade. The...

2010-06-06 22:56:00

WASHINGTON, June 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Press Club 'MORNING NEWSMAKER' News Conference Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 10 a.m. National Press Club (Zenger Room) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO ) The Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) ANTONIO MARIA COSTA and The...

2010-03-09 06:00:00

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said on Monday that developing countries might face a "health disaster" if wealthy countries fail to control drugs. "The developing world lacks the treatment facilities and law enforcement to control drugs," UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costas said at a meeting in the Austrian capital of Vienna. "This seems to have been forgotten by people in rich countries calling for loosening of drug controls," Costas said. "Why condemn the Third World, already...

2009-06-25 10:00:00

The international market for heroin, cocaine and marijuana is declining while demand for synthetic "party" drugs is on the rise, according to a new UN report. The UN Office of Drugs and Crime issued its findings on Wednesday. The report shows a 19 percent decrease in the cultivation of opium in Afghanistan, which is the source of 93 percent of the world's opium. Additionally, cocaine cultivation in Columbia fell 18 percent while production dropped 28 percent compared to 2007. "Global coca...

2005-09-09 19:20:42

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Africa has a serious crime problem, a key factor in its seeming inability to grow out of poverty and fully join in the global economy, a U.N. agency reported on Friday. Crime is "a dramatic impediment to growth" on the continent and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, said Antonio Maria-Costa, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, citing a new study by his Vienna-based agency. African as well as foreign investors looking to put money in...

2005-08-29 08:34:18

By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan opium cultivation has fallen by 21 percent this year largely because of efforts by the government to persuade farmers to stop, including a threat to destroy fields, and low prices, a U.N. narcotics official said. But while the area under cultivation has shown a sharp drop, good weather boosted productivity of fields still planted with opium and total output of about 4,100 tons is down only 2.4 percent over last year, the U.N. Office on Drugs...

2005-06-29 16:05:04

By Niklas Pollard STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Annual worldwide illegal drug salesare greater than the gross domestic product of 88 percent ofthe countries in the world, the U.N. said on Wednesday. "This is not a small enemy against which we struggle. It isa monster," Antonio Maria Costa, head of the United NationsOffice on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in an annual report. Costa offered one tale of success. The south-east Asian"Golden Triangle," once a major center of illicit poppycultivation,...

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