Development of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances, 1971

01 July 1989

The 196l Single Convention did not include so-called "psychotropic substances" such as amphetamines and barbiturates among the drugs controlled. The discussions on the scope of control were focused on plant-based drugs, such as cannabis, poppy cultivation, poppy straw, coca bush and coca leaves This document describes the development of an international instrument for the control of psychotropic substances.

The author, Professor Bayer, was an eyewitness of the events: he was UN officer (staff member of the Division of Narcotic Drugs) between 1967 and 1973, author of a number of documents of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Plenipotentiary Conference, he was also joint secretary of the Technical Committee of the Plenipotentiary Conference. See also: The abuse of psychotropic drugs, Bulletin on Narcotic Drugs, 1973.

Unpublished document 1989
István Bayer