Drug production in Laos and Myanmar still a major threat

In December 2017, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its latest report on opium production in Myanmar and, at face value, the news was good. Since 2015, the area of cultivated opium poppy in Myanmar’s Shan and Kachin states has decreased by 25% to 41,000 hectares. And, for good measure, heroin […]

Myanmar’s Wa State rules synthetic drug market

Move over ‘Golden Triangle’! the Wa State in Myanmar is now the undisputed ‘king’ in producing synthetic drugs. For decades, the ‘Golden Triangle’ has been notorious worldwide as the foremost drug-producing region. That mantle has now been taken over by the unrecognised autonomous Wa State which is now dubbed, the ‘darling of international drug syndicates’. […]