All posts tagged: Yaba

’Yaba’ Use Still on the Rise in Southeast Asia

Yaba tablets, which are a combination of methamphetamine and caffeine, have been on the scene in Thailand for years. The drug’s popularity has now spread and countries throughout Southeast Asia and beyond are seeing increased yaba consumption, addiction, manufacturing, and related crime. Yaba, which means ‘crazy drug’ in Thai, can be taken orally or melted and inhaled and gives users increased energy, alertness, and a sense of euphoria. Often the pills are laced with fruity or vanilla flavouring, masking the nasty chemical compound found inside. The active ingredient methamphetamine is highly addictive, and with regular use pleasurable feelings dissipate and are replaced with a host of negative effects including violent behaviour, paranoia, and acute psychosis. The Rise of Yaba in Asia Yaba has long been popular in the poorer Mekong region countries of Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia, but its use has now spread to wealthier countries such as South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. As a stimulant, the drug’s allure is similar to that of cocaine and appeals to people in all socioeconomic positions. …

ASEAN News: Drugs in Thailand Booming

It has recently been stated that Thailand has become the leading hub in the drug trade in the ASEAN region. ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is a governmental organisation that includes 10 Southeast Asian Countries. The organisation was started in August 1967 by Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, later joined by Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. ASEAN was created in an attempt to work between the various countries to improve economic growth, protect their societal values, work on regional peace and stability, and to make a platform where these countries could openly discuss disagreements peacefully. One of the main points of cooperation between the ASEAN countries is their fight on drugs in ASEAN, and in 1976 they adopted the ASEAN Declaration of Principles to Combat the Use of Narcotic Drugs. In 1997, in a meeting between ASEAN Drug Experts, it was declared that the region would strive to be drug-free by 2020. This date was then brought forward in 2012 to being drug free by 2015. ASEAN members developed …

Scary Effects of Yaba, ‘Crazy Drug’ are Spreading

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