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A Taang National Liberation army officer walking through a poppy field in Myanmar's northern Shan state. A Taang National Liberation army officer walking through a poppy field in northern Shan state, Myanmar, Jan. 30, 2014 (AP photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe).

A Booming Meth Trade Challenges Southeast Asia’s Approach to Drug Policy

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about national drug policies in various countries around the world.

On a balcony in the heart of downtown Bangkok, Thailand’s sprawling capital, Jirasak Sirpramong smokes cigarettes while discussing his experiences with methamphetamine, a drug he has been using for 25 years. “I love it,” he says, “because it makes my brain so clear.” ...

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