Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, constituted a major step toward international acceptance of responsibility for the control of licit and illicit drug traffic. The Single Convention achieved a unified codification4 of existing multilateral treaties in the field' and created the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), center of illicit traffic...In an effort to carry out the principle of limiting the use of narcotic drugs to medical and scientific purposes, the Narcotics Convention of 1931 required noncontracting parties as well as parties to the Convention to furnish annual advance estimates of narcotics needed for these purposes. These estimates were examined by an international body of experts, the Drug Supervisory Body, which was authorized to establish estimates for countries failing to furnish them.