Seizures and market information (68)

As the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC, 2003a) reports, the production of ATS – ‘synthetic drugs including the chemically related amphetamine, methamphetamine and ecstasy’ – is difficult to quantify because ‘it starts with readily available chemicals, in easily concealed laboratories’. However, the annual global production of ATS is estimated at about 520 tonnes (UNODC, 2003b). Global seizures of ATS peaked in 2000 at 46 tonnes and, following a subsequent decline, increased again, to 34 tonnes, in 2003 (CND, 2004, 2005).

(68) See ‘Interpreting seizures and market data’.