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    Golden Triangle's drug production expands, diversifies amid opioid concerns

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Organised crime groups are expanding and diversifying drug production in Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle amid fears the region could emerge as a hub for synthetic opioids like fentanyl, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

    Asia Pacific counter-narcotics police met in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw on Wednesday to negotiate a new strategy to strangle the supply of chemicals used in synthetic drug production.


    The Golden Triangle centred on Myanmar’s conflict-ridden north has exported illicit drugs to the world for decades. While opium cultivation and heroin trafficking has slumped in recent years, synthetic drug manufacturing - especially methamphetamine - has soared.


    UNODC regional representative Jeremy Douglas said the boom was “like nothing we have ever seen before, and it has required a matching surge in precursor chemicals”.


    Seizures of methamphetamine sourced from the region have leapt since 2016, with consignments of the highly addictive drug intercepted in South Korea and New Zealand and most countries in between.


    The price of methamphetamine - both in crystal and pill form - has fallen in many countries according to UNODC data, indicating that large amounts of synthetic drugs are still hitting the streets undetected by law enforcers.


    “While we are a significant source of illicit drugs, we are not a source of the chemicals,” said Myanmar Vice Minister of Home Affairs, Major General Aung Thu, in a press release.


    The flow of precursor chemicals to northern Myanmar has continued mostly unimpeded.

    Precursors come mostly from neighbouring China, although significant volumes of chemicals and cutting agents from India, Pakistan, Vietnam and Thailand have also been detected in Myanmar.
    SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS FEAR

    Drug gangs are also starting to produce ketamine in Myanmar’s north, a party drug that requires different technical expertise to produce than methamphetamine, said Douglas.


    “We have seen drug syndicates in the Golden Triangle scale-up methamphetamine and add ketamine to their repertoire. There is increasing concern amongst officials here that they will soon go into manufacturing synthetic opioids,” Douglas told Reuters.


    “Given their sophistication, we think it is only a matter of time they do it. They are ruthless and the region has the conditions necessary for production and pre-existing market demand to capitalise on.” he told Reuters.


    China, along with Mexico, is the major supplier of extremely potent opioids to North America, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The DEA said in a report last week the country was gripped by an “ongoing fentanyl epidemic”.


    There were more than 63,000 drug overdoses in the United States in 2016, a record high. Drug poisoning deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States and synthetic opioids are the “most lethal” contributor, the DEA report said.


    China, which shares a border with northern Myanmar, has begun to crackdown on illicit opioid production. It follows a largely successful campaign to clear out methamphetamine labs in southern China in 2013 and 2014.


    Myanmar’s surge in methamphetamine production followed the China crackdown.


    Opioids have yet to have much impact on the Asia Pacific drug market, although fentanyl has been imported into Australia recently, Douglas said.


    Law enforcement agencies from China, India, Southeast Asia, the U.S., Canada and Australia are attending the Naypyitaw conference.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-my...-idUKKCN1NC0AQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Golden Triangle's drug production expands, diversifies amid opioid concerns
    Fake news. Must be. The gov crackdown put an end to this. Dear leader told us so must be true. Plus no way these drug barons could operate now that corruption has been eradicated in the LoS.

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    Transdermal fentanyl has also been used for many years in dogs and cats for post-operative analgesia. This is usually done with off-label fentanyl patches manufactured for humans with chronic pain. In 2012 a highly concentrated (50 mg/ml) transdermal solution, trade name Recuvyra, has become commercially available for dogs only. It is FDA approved to provide four days of analgesia after a single application prior to surgery
    I used to have a job at a calendar factory.
    I got the sack because
    I took a couple of days off.

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    Don'i know about the Golden triangle, but live in the Emerald triangle, Thai, Lao Cambodia border, local villages main income was illegal logging and drug smuggling.
    30,000 Baht for a night motorbike ride over the hills to Lao, pick up and drop off on a main road, drugs off to BKK, logs of timber less money, but around 10,000 Baht.

    Village is now broke, Royal Thai army moved in a year or so ago , border soldiers/police, rangers etc just backed off, kick backs are not on when the army is in control.

    Love it, Father in law just got sent down, Government official, guy would steal the pennies on a dead mans eyes, 5 years in Ubon prison.

    Karma is just not in the next life, having once been a cop, what goes around, comes around.

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    One hopes the Chinese boats cruising up and down the river are not overloaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    commercially available for dogs only. It is FDA approved to provide four days of analgesia after a single application prior to surgery
    A grilled leg should be enough to get you on cloud nine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    A grilled leg should be enough to get you on cloud nine.
    tiz on my Sunday roast list once I make some mint sauce.

    Real problem is us folks in the Golden Tinglewingle just cannot consume the torrent of drugs however hard we try.

    Seriously of course large sums are involved where poor mules are expendable, lowly paid officials can be corrupted in democracies with high salaries and accountable courts here its wog eat wog

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