Myanmar faces entrenched drug problem

Yangon, Myanmar – The eradication of illegal narcotics has been declared a top priority by Myanmar’s new civilian government under Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. State Chancellor Suu Kyi instructed government ministers to implement a ramped-up, 100-day plan at the start of May, according to U Zaw Htay, deputy director general of the President’s Office. […]

Myanmar seizes methamphetamine pills with street value of $49 million near border with China

YANGON (Reuters) – The authorities in Myanmar seized roughly 21 million methamphetamine pills with a street value of around US$35.5 million (S$49 million) near the border with China, state-owned media said on Monday (May 30), the country’s second largest haul of the contraband. Although better known for its opium production, Myanmar, a country with restive […]

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 […]

Pills, terrorism concern water festival police

Police are cracking down on sex, drugs and terrorism in advance of this year’s Thingyan festivities. Revellers planning on a bacchus may have to dampen their expectations as police plan to seize what they call “sex arousal” pills and will also be raiding guesthouses and hotels during the celebration. The authorities warn that unknown side […]

Myanmar becomes a major producer of heroin: TNI

The Transnational Institute’s recent report says Myanmar has become a major producer of heroin and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and drug injection has been blamed for the spread of HIV/ AIDS. According to the report, drug production and consumption trends have changed over the years. Myanmar, currently the second largest producer of raw opium after Afghanistan […]