Myanmar’s opium crop plummets while meth stalks SE Asia

A “dramatic” drop in opium cultivation in Myanmar underscored a regional boom in demand for illegal synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, which many Asian countries are struggling to combat, a senior UN official said on Wednesday. The area under opium poppy cultivation dropped by a quarter between 2015 and 2017, the UN Office on Drugs […]

Mekong states band together to tackle drug scourge

MEKONG RIVER • The Lao People’s Army patrol boat was custom- made in China with night-vision capability and two of the most powerful engines on a remote stretch of the Mekong River. Today, like most days, it sits idle for lack of petrol, guarded by a single Laotian soldier in flip-flops. Even occasional patrols by […]

Myanmar’s high opium output a huge test for Suu Kyi government: UN

Opium production in Myanmar has stabilized for a third year, the United Nations said on Tuesday, but remained a daunting challenge for the untested government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi that takes power in February. Myanmar produced an estimated 647 tons of opium in 2015, second only to Afghanistan, the United Nations Office […]