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Medical News and Perspectives
March 28, 2007

Prescription Drug Abuse Rises Globally

JAMA. 2007;297(12):1306. doi:10.1001/jama.297.12.1306

Worldwide abuse of prescription drugs will soon exceed illicit drug use, warned a United Nations panel charged with monitoring global patterns of drug abuse.

In its 2006 report, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), based in Vienna, Austria, noted that medications containing narcotic or psychotropic drugs are becoming the drugs of choice for many abusers, and that drug traffickers are responding to the demand through increased diversion and the production of counterfeit drugs (http://www.incb.org/incb/en/annual_report_2006.html).

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