WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence
Thirty-third Report
Technical Report Series, No 915
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241209151 ISBN-10    9241209151
Order Number    11000915   
Price    CHF    14.00 / US$    16.80 Developing countries:    CHF    9.80
English     2003        31   pages
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This report presents the recommendations of a WHO Expert Committee responsible for reviewing information on dependence-producing drugs to assess the need for their international control. The first part of the report contains a description of the procedure for the review of dependence-producing substances. This is followed by a critical review of five psychoactive substances (amfepramone, amineptine, buprenorphine, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and tramadol). The report also discusses the substances that were pre-reviewed by the Committee, four of which (ketamine, zopiclone, butorphanol and khat) were recommended for critical review at a future meeting. The final section discusses the problems of the terminology used in reporting abuse-related adverse drug reactions and describes how confusion affects the reporting of adverse effects using the example of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.