Issue 17 | December 9 2010
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Ecstasy and Methamphetamine first choice of drugs in East and South Asia

25 November 2010 - According to the latest report from UNODC, amphetamine-type stimulants - or ATS drugs - in particular methamphetamine, are now ranked in the top three most popular drugs of choice in East and South-East Asia displacing the use of traditionally used drugs such as heroin, opium or even cannabis.

The report, Patterns and Trends of Amphetamine-Type Stimulants and Other Drugs: Asia and the Pacific, points toward ATS as a critical emerging threat to the region on health and law enforcement levels, with between 3.4 million and 20.7 million people in East and South-East Asia alone having used amphetamines in the past year - a sizeable portion of the estimated 14 million to 53 million global users. (Read more...)


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