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The increase in the trafficking of cold tablets containing pseudoephedrine, known as amphetamine-type stimulants, has been increasing for the past six years, with most of the trafficking coming from India border, Police Maj.
The market for amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), which include ecstasy and methamphetamine, was also growing, especially in east and southeast Asia, the UNODC found.
While cannabis remains the most widely cultivated, trafficked and abused drug in Africa, amphetamine-type stimulants are seen as a new threat in the region.
Amphetamine-type Stimulants (ATS) manufacturing appears to be emerging in some African countries.
The report presents a comprehensive analysis of key drug markets, namely opium/heroin, coca/cocaine, amphetamine-type stimulants and cannabis.
There is, for example, a long and useful explanation of the stages of production and distribution for different kinds of drugs, marking the unique qualities of manufacturing and marketing from products like heroin, cocaine, and marijuana to synthetic drugs like amphetamine-type stimulants.
Worldwide prevalence of use of amphetamine-type stimulants, including methamphetamine (MA), is estimated to be greater than that for opioid use and cocaine use combined (UNODC, 2010).
Further to heroin and opium use, national authorities and UNODC are also seriously concerned about a growing trend of Amphetamine-type stimulants use in the region.