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NCJ Number: 119782 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs of Dependence Monitoring System: An Effective Check of the Movements of Certain Drugs in Australia
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:35  Issue:4  Dated:special issue (October-December 1983)  Pages:47-53
Author(s): D W Murdoch
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 7
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: For the past 13 years Australia's Department of Health has operated a computerized monitoring system that records the movement throughout Australia of selected legal drugs with the potential for abuse.
Abstract: The Drugs of Dependence Monitoring System is designed to prevent diversion to the illicit market. From the moment of import or manufacture, each drug is monitored in its movements until it reaches the final distributor, which is usually a pharmacy, a veterinarian, or a hospital. Approximately 300,000 movements are checked each year. The system includes all drugs covered by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. The system generates reports on the quantities imported, exported, locally produced, used in manufacture, and distributed. As a result, the risk of diversion has been reduced to a minimum. In addition, information from the system has been of great help in fulfilling Australia's international treaty obligations. Table and 2 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Illegal dispensing of licit drugs
Index Term(s): Australia; Drug law enforcement; Information Systems and Technology; International agreements
Note: Special issue on an analysis of the campaign against drug trafficking
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