But it is Myanmar’s meth production and trafficking that has skyrocketed to “alarming levels” in recent years, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). But Myanmar should not shoulder all of the blame, said Aung Thu, the country’s vice Home Affairs minister at the meeting. The volume of meth being seized by authorities across the regions indicates “a steady and rising supply” of chemicals into Myanmar, said UNODC regional representative, Jeremy Douglas. An emerging concern for the UNDOC is the increasing production of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that caused an epidemic in America. It is now being “produced, diverted and trafficked” from the region to North America and Australia, said the UNODC.
Source: The Nation Bangkok November 07, 2018 18:00 UTC