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International Drug Policy

Background Information

War on Drugs: An International Encyclopedia. 1999
Entries reflect issues, people and organizations involved in international drug trafficking and the War on Drugs. Includes chronology, bibliography and selected Web sites.


International Handbook on Drug Control
. 1992.
Includes sections on international control, country studies from all regions of the world, and international organizations & drug control policy.


World Drug Report
[U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime]

  • Overview of the world drug problem. Sections on trends, production, seizures, prices and consumption. Includes charts, graphs, maps, and statistics .
  • Earlier editions back to 1997 also available from the UN website

DRCNet Online Library on Drug Policy [Drug Reform Coordination Network]
PROlegalization Site.
Check out the Schaffer Library
, which includes Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy, History of the Drugs and Drug Laws, Medical Marijuana Research, Government Publications on Drugs and Drug Policy, Charts and Graphs of Drug War Statistics, and Information on Specific Drugs.
Also try The Media Awareness Project [MAP], which links to articles arranged by topic.


Common Sense for Drug Policy
"Our mission is to offer useful facts cited from authoritative sources to a debate which is often characterized by myths, error and emotion."
Drug War Facts includes statistics on topics including International Policies & Trends, Crime, Corruption, Drug Use Estimates, all with original sources noted. Continuously updated.


Drug Policy Alliance

"organization working to end the war on drugs and promote new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights."
The Online Library includes links to articles arranged by topic and by country/geographic region.

Organizations & Agencies

United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime
Sections on Drug Abuse & Demand Reduction, Drug Supply Reduction, Treaty & Legal Affairs, Analysis & Statistics.

"The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is the central policy-making body within the United Nations system dealing with drug-related matters. It analyses the world drug situation and develops proposals to strengthen the international drug control system to combat the world drug problem." - from the Web site


EMCDDA: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

The EU drugs agency that provides information at European level concerning drugs and drug addiction and their consequences. See section on Policy & Law.


Pompidou Group
[Council of Europe]
Multidisciplinary co-operation group which deals with drug misuse and drug trafficking.

Drug Enforcement Administration [ U.S. Department of Justice]
Focus on the U.S. domestic situation, but includes sections on DEA major operations and trafficking in countries outside the U.S.

U. S. Office of National Drug Control Policy
Sections on Drug Facts & Stats, News & Public Affairs, Enforcement and International.

  Periodical Articles  

Academic Search Premier [EBSCO]. 1990-

For example, type...
drug policy and (world or global or international)
Also try words like anti-drug, drug-free, drug abuse prevention, drug-reduction, drug control.

Social Science Abstracts

For example, type...
(drug traffic or narcotics control) and international aspects

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