Drug substances

TNI does detailed research on the production, markets and consumption of various illegal drug substances including cocaine and crack (derived from coca), marijuana, opium and synthetic drugs. On the producer-side, TNI calls for respect for human rights, particularly of peasant producers, who are often caught up in repressive drug policies. On consumption, TNI advocates an approach of harm reduction.

Abolishing Coca Leaf Consumption?

TNI
March 2008
The Transnational Institute condemns the decision by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in their 2007 annual report released today, which calls on countries to ‘abolish or prohibit coca leaf chewing and the manufacture of coca tea’.

 

Smokeable cocaine and crack in Brazil

October 2006

In Brazil, the first large crack consumption market appeared at the end of the 1980s in São Paulo and expanded during the 1990s reaching its peak halfway the decade. Crack use spread to other regions in Brazil during the 1990s, in particular to youngsters from low-income population in
urban areas. A 2002 survey among young street dwellers in all the state capitals revealed that crack had spread to 22 states.

Drugs and Conflict in Burma

TNI
December 2005

Burma

Burma

Burma/Myanmar is undergoing yet another humanitarian crisis while entering a new critical political stage. In the Kokang region, an opium ban was enforced in 2003, and since mid-2005 no more poppy growing has been allowed in the Wa region. Banning opium in these Shan State regions where most of the Burmese opiates were produced, adds another chapter to the long and dramatic history of drugs, conflict and human suffering.

Synthetic Drugs: Related websites and documents

November 2005
Recommended web resources on synthetic drugs

Global Trends in Drugs: Related websites and documents

TNI
November 2005

Useful links to recommended resources on global trends in drug usage

Bolivia Drugs Overview

TNI
November 2005

Bolivia has lived through more than two decades of supply reduction policies, but still figures as the world's third cocaine-producing country.

Afghanistan: Drugs overview

TNI
November 2005

Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium, the raw material for heroin. In 2000, the Taleban regime enforced an opium ban that led to the virtual disappearance of opium poppy cultivation in areas under their control. In drug control terms, this is often referred to as an unprecedented success, yet the ban caused a major humanitarian disaster for hundreds of thousands dependent on the illicit economy.

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