Rare Cambodian trees under threat
from illegal drug trafficking
Harvesting a vital ingredient for the party drug ecstasy is wreaking havoc on the flora and fauna
of Southeast Asia
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The illegal drugs trade is causing significant environmental damage to parts of Cambodia, according to an international aid agency. The production of sassafras oil, which is used in the production of the recreational drug ecstasy, in south-west Cambodia is destroying trees, the local inhabitants' livelihoods and wreaking untold ecological damage, according to David Bradfield, an adviser to the Wildlife Sanctuaries project Fauna and Flora International (FFI), who is based in the area. [ Read More ]