The Board had predecessors since the time of under the League of Nations. It all started in 1909 in Shanghai with the International Opium Commission, the first international drug control conference. The International Opium Convention of 1925 established the Permanent Central Board (first known as the Permanent Central Opium Board and then as the Permanent Central Narcotics Board). That Board started its work in 1929. After the dissolution of the League, the 1946 Protocol Amending the Agreements, Conventions and Protocols on Narcotic Drugs concluded at The Hague on 23 January 1912, at Geneva on 11 February 1925 and 19 February 1925, and 13 July 1931, at Bangkok on 27 November 1931 and at Geneva on 26 June 1936, created a Supervisory Body to administer the estimate system. The functions of both bodies were merged into the Board by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The composition of the Board under the Single Convention was strongly influenced by the 1946 treaty.
Article 9 of the Single Convention provides that the Board shall endeavour to:
- Limit the cultivation, production, manufacture and use of drugs to an adequate amount required for medical and scientific purposes;
- Ensure their availability for such purposes; and
- Prevent illicit cultivation, production and manufacture of, and illicit trafficking in and use of, drugs.
Thus, the Single Convention seeks to allow medical and scientific use of psychoactive drugs while preventing recreational use. Accordingly, Article 12 gives the Board the responsibility of allocating quotas among Parties concerning licit cultivation, production, manufacture, export, import, distribution and trade in an attempt to prevent leakage of drugs from licit sources into the illicit traffic. The Board establishes estimates for all nations, including non-Parties to the Single Convention.
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances requires the Board to report annually to the Commission on the implementation of the Convention’s restrictions on chemicals in Table I and Table II, the treaty’s two categories of precursor substances in illicit drug manufacture. In the case of a precursor substance not yet regulated, the Convention also requires the Board to communicate to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs an assessment of the substance if it finds that:
- The substance is frequently used in the illicit manufacture of a narcotic drug or psychotropic substance; and
- The volume and extent of the illicit manufacture of a narcotic drug or psychotropic substance creates serious public health or social problems, so as to warrant international action.
The Convention requires the Board to notify the United Nations Secretary-General whenever it has information which, in its opinion, may justify adding a substance to, deleting a substance from, or transferring a substance between, the Tables. The Secretary-General then transmits that information to the Parties and the Commission, and the Commission makes the decision, “taking into account the comments submitted by the Parties and the comments and recommendations of the Board, whose assessment shall be determinative as to scientific matters, and also taking into due consideration any other relevant factors”.
This being said how can the International Narcotics Control Board explain the data below??? In 10 years this board has risen the estimated need of the quantity of Hydromorphone ( Active ingredient in Dilaudid ) in Canada by 589% !!!!!! YES I SAID 589%!!!! The estimated need for other pain killers in Canada such as Codeine has only risen 35% in 10 years! How is this possible?? How can the Canadian government just sit back and let the BIG PHARMA like PURDUE keep making addicts out of our communities so they can cash in at our expense? How can the International Narcotics Board explain increases like this in such highly abused substances ? How can our government accept that?? You see below Purdue Pharma’s two most popular drugs “active ingredients”. OxyCodone(OxyContin) and Hydromorphone (Dilaudid). Dilaudid is the drug that killed my little brother.