Myanmar has destroyed over AU$1.2 Billion worth of illegal drugs to mark the Annual International Day against Drug abuse.
Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma has been a major source of illegal drugs for Southeast and Eastern Asia despite government crackdown on the drug trade.
Illegal drugs are not only produced and exported from Myanmar, they are also being used by its citizens in growing numbers with Methamphetamine being the most widely used drug in the country followed by Heroin. According to the UNODC there are an estimated 300,000 drug users in Myanmar.
Myanmar is currently one of the largest producer of Methamphetamine in the world and the second largest producer of heroin right after Afghanistan.
Although the country doesn’t manufacture the chemicals needed to make Methamphetamine it is situated near China and India who are global leaders in the manufacture of chemicals.
In Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, a huge pile of seized illegal drugs worth an estimated AU$200 Million was burned on Friday. The drugs included Methamphetamine, Opium, Heroin, Ketamine and Marinuana.
Drugs aren’t just being found in big cities, Authorities also destroyed seized drugs in Mandalay, Taunggyi, Lashio, and Shan state all areas where drug laboratories are found.
The Myanmar government and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime announced a record haul of narcotics in May. The operation involving the police and army seized approximately 16 tonnes of drugs in and around a village in Shan state. The illicit seizure included almost 200 million methamphetamine tablets.