Tuesday, June 27, 2006

World Drug Report

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released the annual World Drug Report for 2006. If you don't want to read the whole two-volume set, check out the Executive Summary for a quick overview. There is a nice map showing the main problem drugs for the world on page 3, which shows that cannabis leads with a 32% share of the pie, followed closely at 31% by cocaine-type drugs. This report not only tells you which drugs are being used and where they are coming from, but also the average prices of drugs. For example, the typical price for cannabis herb in the United States at the retail level is $15 a gram, whereas in the Netherlands it is $5.8 a gram (see Chapter 5, Prices).

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