United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global SMART Update, Vol. 17, 2017
The Global SMART Update is designed to provide regular brief reports on emerging patterns and trends of the global synthetic drug situation. The current issue sheds light on the rapidly unfolding public health threat posed by extremely potent synthetic opioids, fentanyl and its analogues. Key research insights delineate a complex market, whereby the sale of illicit opioids is entwined with the legitimate and underground supply of opioid pharmaceuticals, exposing users to the ruthless criminal practice of counterfeiting prescription medications. The report calls for special attention to the global developments in clandestine opioid manufacturing and trafficking, and associated international concerns.