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Tackling a Deadly Trade

Drug use taking some new and disturbing forms in Asia as affluence rises.

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  • Newspaper section: Asia focus
  • Writer: Nirermol Singhsachakul
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Amid rising affluence in the region, Asia has become an even bigger market for illicit drugs, prompting authorities to look at new ways to tackle what has become a serious social menace. 

The magnitude of the challenge was underlined by the recent release of The World Drug Report by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In Thailand, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) has been helping to publicise the report in order to raise public awareness of the dangers posed to communities and families by production, trafficking, and consumption of drugs.

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