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Drugnet Europe News from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction — April–June 2007

2007 INCB Annual report

INCB annual report cover

Celebrities who violate drug laws should be made accountable for their offences, states the 2007 Annual report from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), launched in Vienna on 5 March. Celebrity drug offenders can profoundly influence public attitudes, values and behaviour towards drug abuse, the report says, particularly among young people, 'who have not yet taken a firm and fully informed position on drug issues'. When celebrities use drugs, they are breaking the law, adds the INCB. The perception that they are being treated more leniently than others may breed public cynicism, and may lead to young people adopting a more permissive attitude towards illicit drugs.

The INCB calls on governments to apply the law in equal measure when prosecuting drug offenders. Some countries still invest too much effort in tackling low-level offenders and not enough in identifying, dismantling and punishing those who control or organise major drug trafficking activities, it says. Other findings of the report include: a 17 % rise in illicit opium poppy cultivation in 2007 in Afghanistan; and increased cultivation of the coca bush in Peru and Bolivia, as crop-eradication programmes reduce production in Colombia.

Publisher: United Nations (INCB)
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Date: 5 March 2008 • Price: USD 30
ISBN: 978-92-1-148224-9
Ordering information: http://unp.un.org
Press releases: http://www.incb.org/incb/press_releases.html

Drugnet Europe is the EMCDDA's newsletter launched in September 1996. The newsletter provides regular and succint information on the Centre's projects and activities to a broad readership.

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