Drug control has long been an issue in the Lao PDR. In 1998, the country ranked as the world third largest illicit opium producer (UNODC Opium Survey, 1998). At the time, the Lao PDR also had one of highest opium addiction rates in the world. However, and due to the Government's strong commitment to address the issue, from 1998 to 2005, opium cultivation was effectively reduced by 94 percent and opium addiction by 80 percent. In 2006, the Lao PDR declared its success in significantly reducing opium poppy cultivation.


Since the mid-90's however, transnational trafficking of Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS), Heroin and other illicit drugs significantly increased, and resulted in Laos becoming a transit point for drugs trafficked in the region. At the same time, the spillover effect of transnational drug trafficking resulted in the rise of cases of drug abuse, domestic crime, violence and other related problems.
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Stories from the Lao PDR

From growing opium to a sustainable livelihood

Vientiane, 19 August 2014  - Mr. Po Vue is a 28 years old farmer that belongs to the Hmong ethnic group from Naseankham village situated in Xay District Oudoxmay Province in northern Laos. Due to the need to look after the subsistence of his family, he left school in fifth grade and supported his parents in growing opium since he was 10 years old.    Read more...


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 UNODC Presents Equipment to OSPP

Vientiane, 11 December 2013 - Lao PDR continues to be under the threats of human trafficking due to its location in the center of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and its socio-economic vulnerability. The Government of Lao PDR has been committed to combat human trafficking through strengthening its criminal justice legislation and the capacity of front-line law enforcement and judicial officers.   Read more...

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Foreign Experts Workshop to National Expert Group on the Collection and Evaluation of Evidence

Vientiane, 11 December 2013 - The "Foreign Experts Consultation Meeting on the Collection and Evaluation of Evidence Law" was held on November 12 and November 13, 2013 at Don Chan Palace in Vientiane, Lao PDR.    More than 35 participants from the Office of Supreme People's Prosecutor (OSPP),   Read more...

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Officials seek to lower demand for illegal drugs

Vientiane, 27 September 2013 - Lao enforcement officers and rehabilitators of victims of drug addiction from 10 provinces met in Vientiane yesterday to seek ways to reduce the demand for drugs. Speaking at the meeting, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) representative to Laos, Mr Leik Boonwaat, said Laos is challenged by the rising use of amphetamine, methamphetamine and heroin, whereas 10 years ago opium was the only drug being used illegally.  Read more...

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06/06/2013 -   Capacity Building workshop on Human Trafficking in Thakhek District, Khamouan Province

05/03/2012 -   Over 55,000 people at risk of drug addiction

30/10/2012 -   Laos to clamp down on sexual exploitation of children


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