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The United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) fights the production, trafficking and abuse of drugs. In East Asia, activities are focused on subregional cooperation, the increasing threat of synthetic drugs, information to high risk groups, drug control legislation, and the fight against syndicated crime. The problem is immense - today there are an estimated 190 million drug users worldwide, and the illicit drug industry is estimated at US$400-500 billion per year. Therefore, success in drug control calls for involvement from all levels of society - the individual and the family, institutions, the private sector, and the international community.

Dated: 23 July 2000