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1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances

Published February 21, 1971

The Convention on Psychotropic Substances was signed on February 21, 1971 and entered into force in August 1976. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime states, "The 1971 Convention consists of 33 articles and is largely based on the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, which codified, streamlined and extended international narcotic drug controls. The 1971 Convention regulates the manufacture and distribution of psychotropic drugs, including by placing limits on their sale and advertisement, and includes the requirement to maintain a system of inspection and measures to fight traffic in controlled substances. It also requires States to take measures for the prevention and treatment of abuse, and rehabilitation of persons involved."