All posts tagged: golden triangle

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 …

’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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ASEAN Claims for a Drug-Free Continent Fail Completely

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