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Misuse of prescription drugs could soon exceed that of illicit narcotics, UN panel warns

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:444
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    The misuse and trafficking of prescription drugs is growing fast worldwide and is set to become as big a problem as illicit drugs, a report by the International Narcotics Control Board warns. Governments need to step up efforts to stem the problem, it says.

    The diversion and misuse of narcotic drugs in the form of pharmaceutical preparations, however, also continues to be under-reported, it says.

    The board recommends that all governments should “promote the rational use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances,” in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization.

    The report by the independent, quasi-judicial body, which monitors the implementation of UN drug control conventions, points out that …

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