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Myanmar burns seized drugs on International Day against Drug Abuse

Areas under opium poppy cultivation in the Golden Triangle of which Myanmar has biggest border area, were estimated at nearly 62,000 hectares, accounting for 22 per cent of the global total. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Yangoon, Myanmar Jun 26, 2016, 09.25 AM (IST)
Myanmar set fire to illicit drugs worth $19.7 million on Sunday to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Officials said they included more than 4 million addictive stimulant pills and 143 kg of methamphetamine in the form of 'ice'.

The 26th annual mass destruction of narcotic drugs was witnessed by foreign diplomats and United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC) officials.

"There are two narcotics-related productions going on in our country. These are opium cultivation and manufacturing of narcotics. We can see both are increasing in production. We seized more amounts than the previous year as a result of our efforts in anti-drug operations," said Lieutenant Colonel Kyaw Kyaw Min, a police anti-drugs officer.

UNODC suggests in its annual report that the number of people classified as suffering from drug user disorders has increased for the first time in the last six years.

Methamphetamines continue to dominate illicit drug markets. Areas under opium poppy cultivation in the Golden Triangle of which Myanmar has biggest border area, were estimated at nearly 62,000 hectares, accounting for 22 per cent of the global total.

(Reuters)
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