U.S. National Statement at the opening of the reconvened sixty-first session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Thank you, Madam Chair.  Before I begin my comments on the CND, I would like to note that today is a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States and our embassies and missions around the world, in honor of my country’s 41st President, George H.W. Bush.  I thank those of you who have expressed ...
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U.S. National Statement at the Intergovernmental Expert Group Meeting on International Challenges Posed by the Non-Medical Use of Synthetic Opioids

Thank you, Chair, for offering me the floor to speak on such an important topic.  Thank you to the UNODC Secretariat for supporting preparations for this expert meeting, which the Commission requested last year in Resolution 61/8 to learn more about the challenges posed by the non-medical use of synthetic opioids and to propose core ...
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Press Release: U.S. Welcomes Commission on Narcotic Drugs Vote on Carfentanil

Press Release March 14, 2018 Vienna, Austria   U.S. Welcomes Commission on Narcotic Drugs Vote on Carfentanil   The United States welcomes today’s unanimous vote at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to add carfentanil, a synthetic opioid 10,000 times more powerful than morphine, to the list of controlled substances under the UN Single ...
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United Nations in Vienna Taking Action to Stem International Flow of Dangerous Opioids

U.S. Focuses on Carfentanil during Commission on Narcotic Drugs Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. While the opioid epidemic has reached crisis proportions in the United States, it is far from being an exclusively American problem. “Families, communities, and citizens across our country are currently ...
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UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs Unanimously Votes to Take Steps to Curb Spread of Illicit Opioid Crisis

When you think of the United Nations, what comes to mind? Blue-helmeted peacekeepers in a faraway land perhaps? Or humanitarian workers delivering food aid to refugees? But did you know that the UN is an organization that is helping curb American overdose deaths in the current opioid epidemic? In fact, it is. Last Thursday in ...
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U.S. Statement Intervention, 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

Statement of Kara McDonald, United States Department of State   60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) United States Intervention after Agenda Item 8(b) Votes on ANPP and NPP Vienna, Austria; March 13, 2017 Thank you Madam Chair. I want to express the gratitude of my government for this show of solidarity and support ...
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U.S. Statement on Agenda Item 3, 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

Statement of Andrew J. Schofer, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna   60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) Agenda Item 3 Vienna, Austria; March 13, 2017   As Delivered Madame Chair, The United States welcomes the Report of the Executive Director on the activities of UNODC in 2016, which ...
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Remarks on the World Drug Problem

Remarks for the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) Special Segment on the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna,   Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2016.   Thank you, Chair. Seven months ago, the international community gathered at ...
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