un office on drugs and crime
The Kremlin's new role as the most vocal proponent of the drug war has created a domestic HIV crisis, led to allegations of corruption, and slowed the pace of reform worldwide.
Ketamine is mostly used in veterinary medicine in the industrialized world, but the drug is commonly dispensed in poor and rural nations to alleviate pain and prepare patients for surgery.
The organization's anti-narcotics chief said recent votes to legalize marijuana violate the international conventions that guide global drug policy.
Powerful governments wield conventions and the war on drugs as a way to exert power and influence, and punish and control their population.