All posts tagged: drug abuse

After Her Daughter’s Death, One Grieving Mother Wants to see a Change in Addiction Treatment and Education

Described by her mother as vibrant, witty and loving, Laura Mulley was not your ‘typical’ addict. Laura held down a respectable job at the University of California and enjoyed many hobbies in her spare time including writing, photography, and playing music. Just one week before Laura’s death which was caused by a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol, Laura’s mother, Linda, spent the weekend with her and noticed no visible signs of drug use or addiction. On the outside, Laura was living a good life, and according to her mother, Laura was excited about the direction that her life her was taking. It was not until after Laura’s death that Linda learned to what degree Laura was using drugs and alcohol. Laura fell into a pattern of using and quitting, using and quitting, (repeat) which can be just as harmful to one’s health as using on a daily or constant basis. But at the same time, the alcohol or drug addiction is less obvious to those on the outside – especially if they were to …

’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. …

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Cheap Meth Prices Fuel Drug Abuse in Asia

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 …

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 …