UNODC’s three-year campaign 'Do drugs control your life?', launched on 26 June 2007, focuses this year on drug cultivation and production. Some countries struggle to contain cultivation of coca, opium or cannabis plants, whereas others face problems with clandestine manufacturing of synthetic drugs. The campaign's goal is to raise awareness on, and mobilise support for, drug control in a variety of contexts. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will be launching its 2008 World Drug Report on 26 June.
On International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, cannabis comes under the spotlight as the EMCDDA releases its largest scientific monograph to date: A cannabis reader: global issues and local experiences — Perspectives on cannabis controversies, treatment and regulation in Europe. In over 700 pages, leading European experts provide informed insight into a wide range of cannabis topics: from political, legislative, economic and social developments to prevention, treatment and healthcare. A summary is available in 24 languages. A news release is available in de, en, fr and pt. A promotional flyer is available in English.
The agency also marks the occasion with an awareness-raising event for the Lisbon diplomatic community and its partners from the Portuguese authorities, attended by the Portuguese Secretary of State for Health, Dr Manuel Pizarro.
Kathy Robertson, Head of sector, Media relations and marketing,
Tel. 351 21 811 3000/32. Fax 351 21 813 1711. E-mail: Kathryn Robertson
Maria José Louro, Media relations assistant,
Tel. 351 21 811 3000/40. Fax 351 21 813 1711. E-mail: Maria José Louro