Illegal drugs

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The world market for illegal drugs-some $150 billion retail, involving some 200 million users-is the world's largest illicit market. It is a huge market even in relative terms: about half the size of the pharmaceuticals market, and close to the tobacco and alcohol market.

Serious thinking about what to do globally in precursor control, information, and early warning when new products burst into a market has only begun. The subissue has all the makings of another massive challenge altogether-and had better be tackled globally and early.