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Myanmar facing growing drug challenge

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Surging production in the poppy fields and methamphetamine factories of Myanmar's remote borderlands is stoking fears of a drug crisis that is sweeping young people into addiction. 

A medical officer checks the health condition of an ex-drug user at an HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Program office in Myanmar's Shan State. Surging production in the poppy fields and methamphetamine factories in Myanmar is stoking fears of a drug crisis that is sweeping people into addiction.

Authorities in the former pariah nation say the problem is getting worse, while the flow of drugs from often rebel-held areas of western Shan State is reviving Myanmar's old reputation as a hub for narcotics production.

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