An estimated 2 million ya ba pills containing meth and caffeine are being produced every day. Photo: Mark Oltmanns

Young lives destroyed, overcrowded prisons: the hidden cost of Thailand’s cheap meth

  • Despite a bloody war on drugs and frequent seizures by authorities, the supply of ya ba pills has grown to the point prices are falling
  • A better approach, according to a UN expert, is dealing with market demand by getting treatment, prevention and harm minimisation efforts in place
Topic |   Thailand

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An estimated 2 million ya ba pills containing meth and caffeine are being produced every day. Photo: Mark Oltmanns
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A heroin user shooting up. Photo: AFP

Myanmar’s meth trade is booming after anti-drugs vigilante groups were silenced by dealers, leading to a wave of addiction

  • Shan state is the epicentre of production in Myanmar, with local armed groups linking up with transnational gangs
  • Myanmar is facing a public health disaster because of meth and few villages in the country are left unscathed
Topic |   Myanmar

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