Sweaty hair matted to his pale, emaciated face, Thant Zin Oo starts his days early, winding through small alleyways outside Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon and scavenging through garbage piled up behind shops and factories in search of something – anything – to sell. (more…)

Thai Justice Minister Mr Paiboon Koomchaya has called on Myanmar and China to help arrest 10 fugitive drug traders believed to be in hiding in those countries, according a The Nation report on January 18. (more…)

Poppy growers in southern Shan State said prices for raw opium have fallen during the current harvest season, continuing a trend of slowly declining prices for the illicit crop in recent years. (more…)

New Year’s Eve passed quietly in Kanzam, a small village in northern Chin State. While other villages in remote Tonzang Township were busily preparing for a celebration, this one remained eerily still. Kanzam’s old and weather-beaten Catholic chapel was barred shut and entirely without décor. No bells were ringing, no churchgoers singing, no priest stood in the chapel, once the holy heart of this pious village. (more…)

Thai police on Sunday morning seized a large amount of amphetamine pills on an alluvial island in the Moei River, underneath the Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge that spans the two countries’ common border between Myawaddy and Mae Sot. (more…)

The United Wa State Army (UWSA), Burma’s biggest ethnic rebel group, has recently reopened Popakyen trading hub in Mong Hsat Township, located in southeastern Shan State close to the Burma-Thai border, local sources have said. (more…)

The paramilitary Border Guard Force (BGF) in Karen State seized over 130,000 amphetamine pills at the end of December. (more…)

A decade ago, Myanmar seemed on course to wipe out the opium fields and heroin jungle labs along its eastern border, the notorious Golden Triangle. (more…)

Opium production in Myanmar fell for the first time in nearly a decade in 2014, the United Nations said Monday. The drop was due to lower crop yields, though, as the total area under cultivation was roughly the same as last year.


Myanmar will be one of several countries under the spotlight for their efforts to crack down on the manufacture and trade in illegal drugs at a regional ASEAN meeting being held in Jakarta. (more…)

Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and China have pledged to join forces to fight drug trafficking along the Mekong River, where officials estimate they are failing to intercept 80 percent of smuggled narcotics, reports the Bangkok Post. (more…)

Twenty acres of poppy fields grown by local people near the Soung-Du village, Lo-Bar-Kho Village Tract in Demawso township, Karenni state were destroyed by government officers and local prominent people on 23rd October. (more…)

A proposal to open youth drug rehabilitation centres was submitted to the national parliament by U Phay Thaung, a member of parliament for constituency No.6, in Kachin State on 22nd October (more…)

Along parts of the Myanmar-China border, where heroin addiction is appallingly common, fresh needles are now so coveted that shopkeepers dispense them as change. (more…)

Protesters took to the streets of Banmauk in Sagaing Division this weekend, calling for official measures to tackle rampant drug problems in the region. (more…)

Drug dealers from across the country are increasingly setting up shop in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township, police say, taking advantage of its large and ethnically diverse population, access to wholesale markets and thriving nightlife to peddle illicit substances. (more…)

Recent drug seizures and reports of growing drug abuse in western Burma’s Arakan State are causing concern among local residents and state authorities, with some fearing that the developments indicate a rise in drug trafficking through the region to neighboring Bangladesh. (more…)

An MP from Kachin State yesterday submitted a proposal to the Upper House calling for a new national strategy to combat drug addiction, saying current efforts are not working and that addiction had reached the “danger level” among youths. (more…)

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…)

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