Latest Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs Stories

2011-06-02 10:34:18

Declaring the "war on drugs" a failure, a group of prominent former world leaders have asked that decriminalizing marijuana be strongly considered to help curb drug-related violence and social ills, reports the AFP news agency. "The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world," the members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy say in a report. "Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and...

2011-01-27 13:40:00

Bolivians chewed coca leaves on Wednesday as a protest to change a 1961 U.N. convention to remove a ban on a practice that has been part of indigenous cultures in the country for millennia. Protesters gathered outside the U.S. embassy in La Paz to chew the leaf as part of a day of demonstrations around the country celebrating the coca plant and demanding that the U.N. Single Convention on Narcotics Drugs be amended. The U.S. said it would oppose the Bolivian proposal, calling for the 50...

2010-02-22 07:51:31

Many cancer patients in Europe are being denied access to adequate pain relief because of over-zealous regulations restricting the availability and accessibility of opioid-based drugs such as morphine. Authors of the Europe-wide study say that restricting access to pain-killing drugs in this way is a breach of patients' human rights, and they conclude that "there is an ethical and public health imperative to address these issues vigorously and urgently". The study, which is published online...

2008-07-21 12:01:26

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fa29ad/international_drug) has announced the addition of the "International Drug Control into the 21st Century" report to their offering. This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of drug misuse, dependence and the ways in which different parts of the world have responded to these problems. The book examines aspects of the contemporary drug problem, the related debate and the way in which society is responding to it....

2005-06-29 09:26:51

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The number of people around the worldtaking drugs such as cocaine, heroin and cannabis rose lastyear by about 15 million to 200 million, the United Nationsannual drugs report said on Wednesday. The value of the global drugs trade, which it estimated at$320 billion, is higher than the gross domestic product (GDP)of 90 percent of the world's nations, it added. "This is not a small enemy against which we struggle. It isa monster," Antonio Maria Costa, head of the U.N....

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