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    UNIS/NAR/1078
    21 June 2010

    UNODC to Launch World Drug Report 2010

    VIENNA, 21 June (UN Information Service) - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will launch the World Drug Report 2010 at:

    National Press Club
    (Zenger Room)
    529 14th St NW
    Washington DC 20045

    at 10:00 on Wednesday 23 June.

    The Report provides one of the most complete assessments of the international drug problem, with comprehensive information on illicit drugs. It includes detailed estimates and information on trends in the production, trafficking and use of opium/heroin, coca/cocaine, cannabis and synthetic drugs.

    The World Drug Report 2010 shows that drug use is shifting towards news drugs and new markets. Drug cultivation is declining in Afghanistan (for opium) and the Andean countries (coca), and drug use has stabilized in the developed world. However, there are signs of an increase in drug use in developing countries, and growing abuse of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and prescription drugs around the world.

    The report will be launched by UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa.

    He will be joined by the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Gil Kerlikowske, and Director of the Federal Drugs Control Service of the Russian Federation, Viktor Ivanov.

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    For further information contact:

    Peter Hickman
    National Press Club
    Telephone: (+1-202) 662-7540 (NPC),
    Mobile: (+1) 301/367-7711
    Email: pjhickmann@hotmail.com

    or

    Shashi Kara
    Programme Management Officer, UNODC NY
    Telephone: (+1-212) 963-7227
    Mobile: (+1-646) 239-0909
    Email: karas@un.org