What’s the difference between amphetamine (Adderall) and methamphetamine (ice)? As it turns out, not a whole lot. ADHD medications like Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta are commonly used as ‘smart drugs’ – most people who take amphetamines don’t have a prescription. They’re popular among students for their focus- and performance-enhancing qualities, but their negative side effects include headaches, nausea, decreased libido, insomnia and agitation.
As the economy in most Asian countries continues to grow and citizens gain more spending power than ever before- it seems as though methamphetamines are on the top of many people’s shopping lists. Concerning statistics pertaining to methamphetamine use, deaths, police seizures and arrests in Asia have emerged from the most recent report released by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Methamphetamine on the Rise: UNODC’s Report on Drug Abuse in Asia The UN Office of Drugs and Crime released a report in May 2015: “The Challenge of Synthetic Drugs in East and South-East Asia and Oceania: Trends and Patterns of Amphetamine-type Stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances 2015” gives clear statistics on the rising use and seizures of new synthetic drugs and methamphetamines in Asia. The report covers the Southeast, East and Oceania areas but leaves out the South of the Asian region. It shows that between 2008 and 2013 that seizures of methamphetamines, or “meth” almost quadrupled, from 11 to 42 metric tons. Methamphetamine typically comes in two different forms- crystalline …
Wong Chi-Ping has been hunted by law enforcement in the SE Asian region for several years now. Reportedly responsible for the trafficking of very high quantities of drugs in the region, he was finally arrested in Jakarta during a drug raid – alongside 840kg of high-grade methamphetamine. So what happens now? Will his incarceration mean a drop in drug abuse in the region? Or will someone else quickly step in and take his place? Read the full story here: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1676787/hong-kong-drug-kingpin-wong-chi-ping-caught-indonesia-raid
In 1998, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) declared that they would create a drug-free zone in Asia by the year 2015. However, opium production in the Golden Triangle (where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet) has doubled in the last ten years, now representing at least 30% of the entire world’s opium stash. The guys at Vice take a look at why that’s happening, and what the world needs to do about it… https://news.vice.com/article/southeast-asias-war-on-drugs-is-a-grotesque-failure-but-why-stop
Last year, a Bangladeshi girl named Oishee (a Yaba addict) killed her parents – which in turn – has shed some light on the growing drug problem in Bangladesh. Yaba is the slang word for methamphetamine, or meth. In Thai, the word translates literally into ‘crazy drug’ which seems like a particularly good name – as Oishee’s case is not alone. Fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997 by a meth-addict, and Timothy McVeigh, who was involved in the Oklahoma bombing, claims to have been under the influence of meth during the incident. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to violent acts committed under the influence of Yaba, the list is long. Here, more effects of the ‘crazy drug’ Yaba, and how the rise in the drug’s use is affecting Bangladesh. Read full article here: The inevitable downside felt by Yaba addicts