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Myanmar to receive over $3 Million to Battle Opium Addiction and Production

Myanmar is still the world’s second leading producer of opium after Afghanistan, and heroin and opium addiction are rampant within the village communities who rely on opium production for their livelihood. Despite eradication efforts, the United Nations reports that opium production has stabilized at high levels for a third year. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report, Myanmar produced an estimated 647 tons of opium in 2015. In Myanmar, mostly in poor mountainous border regions, there are approximately 55,000 hectares (212 sq miles) of land being used for opium poppy cultivation. In neighbouring Laos opium cultivation has also stabilized at only a tenth of the area in Myanmar with 5,700 hectares of opium fields, and only a few hundred hectares are left in Thailand. These three countries’ shared border makes up the infamous Golden Triangle and the area produces a quarter of the world’s opium. Jeremey Douglas, the UNODC’s chief in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, warned against calling the stabilization a “success”. The challenges and problems created by opium …


Your Spot to Compare Thai Rehabs

Thailand has long been known as a popular spot for medical tourism. From dentistry to plastic surgery, Thailand offers world-class medical care at just a fraction of the cost in western countries. And addiction treatment centres, or rehabs, are no different. The right Thai rehab facility can offer luxurious accommodation and world-class treatment programmes, but it is important to remember that now all drug rehabs Thailand has to offer are created equal. It is important to ask questions and get a full understanding of each available rehab centre before choosing the one that is best for you. Check out the ‘Compare Thai Rehabs’ website to compare rehab licensing, treatment programmes, facilities, medical support and more:

’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. …

Alcohol Sales in Asia Increasing Faster than GDP

Religious, social, and cultural constraints have long kept Asia’s rate of alcohol consumption—and alcohol related harms such as alcoholism—lower than that of other regions. However things are changing and the alcohol industry now sees the biggest potential growth in sales resting in Asia. Regional economies are growing fast and consumers, who are eager to emulate Western drinking habits, want to drink more and more imported liquor rather than local beverages. Reports indicate that the Asia-Pacific region will contribute to more than 70% of global beer growth over the next five years, and in some places increases in alcohol sales are already far outpacing increases in GDP. Vietnam alone has seen beer sales increase at double the rate of GDP growth in the past 5 years. Some of the world’s largest brewing companies are setting up shop in places like Yangon, Myanmar and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam in anticipation of the projected growth. Pernod Ricard—owner of some of the world’s most famous alcohol brands – has already become an industry leader in Asia and currently makes …


‘Digital Detox’ Centres Open in Japan for 500,000 Teens Addicted to the Internet

Internet addiction is a type of process addiction that is becoming increasingly common among youth. With internet access always available, regular internet use goes too far when users begin losing sleep, dropping grades at school, or even getting demoted or fired in the workplace because internet use has become more important than other aspects of life. In Japan, internet addiction is soaring with an estimated 500,000 teenagers presumably addicted to the net. From playing games, to interacting in online chat rooms or simply scrolling through Facebook, these activities can create negative effects when taken too far. Teens are dropping out of school, and in worst case scenarios internet addiction can result in violence and even death. Will this ‘digital detox’ centre be able to combat the growing problem? Find out more here: Japan Tries Online Detox

Recovering Together: Addicted Mothers and Their Kids in Addiction Treatment Centre

Earlier this year, the New York Times reported a large spike in the number of pregnant women abusing drugs. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers calculated that almost 14,000 babies are born in the United States each year with withdrawal symptoms from opiate addiction. Although there are hospitals in place for the child’s delivery, getting the mother and her child into an addiction treatment centre is more complicated. “The incidence has gone crazy and I think it has the potential to become a national or international issue,” clinical neuroscientist Marie J. Hayes told the New York Times. And the issue certainly is an international one. An addiction treatment centre in Scotland though is working to combat the emotional and physical problems that face pregnant women and new mums addicted to drugs and alcohol, by offering a family-oriented drug rehab programme. According to the BBC, the addiction treatment centre houses pregnant mothers or newborns along with their recovering mums. Though they are recovering addicts, new mums are allowed to …