New INCB report calls for concerted action to curb global drug problemListen /
New psychoactive substances, known as 'legal highs' and 'designer drugs', are a growing threat to public health, as seen by increased emergency room admissions and calls to poison centres, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) says in its Annual Report for 2012, launched Tuesday in London.
The report says these new psychoactive substances are easily available over the Internet and the total number of such substances on the market, already estimated to be in the hundreds, is growing steadily.
The report also notes that the abuse of prescription drugs continues to spread in all regions of the world and has increased substantially in recent years, representing a serious health and social challenge.
The International Narcotics Control Board is calling for concerted action by States to prevent the manufacture, trafficking and abuse of these substances which are a threat to public health.
The INCB Annual Report also draws attention to the shared responsibility of the international community to address drug control. The President of INCB, Raymond Yans said: "The drug problem is a truly global problem that necessitates a global solution. We all have a shared responsibility to address it – be it at the international, national, community or even at the personal level.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.