Drugs


Doctors at Yangon Mental Hospital say they are seeing a rise in the number patients in their 20s who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and this along with anecdotal and other evidence indicates that alcohol and drug addiction use is surging among those in their 20s as well as among teenagers. (more…)

Sentences for those convicted of drug use, which range from five to 15 years, are under review, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brigadier General Kyaw Kyaw Tun has told MPs. (more…)

The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) has accused the Burmese government of exacerbating drug abuse in Kachin State and fueling ongoing conflict in the region. (more…)

The Union government has accepted an offer from the United States to help it combat the narcotics trade, including a one-year capacity-building project for local police, Colonel Min Aung of the Anti-narcotic Police Force told Eleven Media yesterday. (more…)

The Ministry of Health is planning to open more centres to provide treatment and counselling for drug addicts, a senior official said on September 16. (more…)

Myanmar’s navy has seized around 2.4 million ecstasy tablets hidden in a ship, a record haul of the drug in the country, police said on Monday (Aug 25).
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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) finalised a four-year memorandum of understanding with the Burmese government on Monday, allowing them to partner on an “integrated programme” aimed at strengthening the rule of law and tackling crime and drug issues.
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Myanmar’s northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment.
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Myanmar authorities have seized $7.3 million of drugs buried in a forest in the so-called “Golden Triangle”, police said Tuesday, raising fears of a boom in the narcotics trade in the notorious border region.

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A United Wa State Party (UWSP) spokesman has denied that the ethnic rebel army in northern Burma continues to be involved in drug trade, saying their autonomous region is “drug-free.”
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In eastern Myanmar, just a stone’s throw from the Chinese border, lies a den of drug smuggling, gambling, and vice.
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The Myanmar authorities have seized 140kg of heroin packed into blocks and hidden in a car in the notorious “Golden Triangle” area near the Thai border, police said on Thursday.
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The speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw told a session of parliament on July 28 that the President must redouble his efforts in tackling the nations’ growing problem with drugs.
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Leaders from six Karen armed groups have formed a task force in order to combat drug use and production in the eastern Burmese state.
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Leaders from six Karen armed groups have formed a task force in order to combat drug use and production in the eastern Burmese state.
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To mark World Drug Day, Burmese authorities organized drug-burning ceremonies on Thursday that destroyed seized illegal drugs said to be worth a combined US$130 million.
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After India suspended construction on an internal container port on India-Myanmar border, the two countries this week signed an agreement on border cooperation, promising to exchange information on insurgents and drugs and human trafficking.
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Mong La’s opium museum has to be one of the more interesting institutions created during the days of Myanmar’s State Law and Restoration Council (SLORC). Located in Shan State’s Special Region No. 4, an almost completely autonomous corner of northeastern Myanmar, the museum was founded by Lin Mingxian (also known as Sai Lin or Sai Leun), a former rebel commander in the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) and long-time leader of his own 5,000-strong militia, the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA). During the 1990s, Lin and his group were alleged by US authorities to be heavily involved in the drug trade.
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Standing sentinel over one of Myanmar’s main border crossings to China, in the town of Mongla, is a lurid pink building, the Drug Eradication Museum. The sleazy frontier post, Chinese in all but name, is at the heart of the Golden Triangle, where the three South-East Asian countries of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos adjoin their giant northern neighbour. It is an area that has long been synonymous with one thing: drugs.
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Actor Ye Dike has been slapped with a six-year jail term for possession that authorities say should serve as a deterrent to others in the industry engaged in drug use.
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