Southeast Asia’s meth trade is booming, with headlines regularly announcing record busts across the region. Long associated with lower-income workers, meth has more recently begun to attract more affluent users. But the region’s repressive drug policies make users the most vulnerable participants in the meth trade.
The Sri Lankan government is preparing to end its four-decade-long moratorium on carrying out the death penalty amid a crackdown on drugs. The move’s popularity points to an emerging preference among Sri Lankans for a more dictatorial type of leadership, says Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits in an interview.
Crystal meth was reportedly a popular gift during February’s Lunar New Year holiday in North Korea, and other recent reporting has indicated that drug addiction is on the rise among the country’s youth. Justin Hastings discusses the production, use and perception of illegal drugs in North Korea.