Heroin production on the rise in Golden Triangle

Heroin production on the rise in Golden Triangle

An increasing amount of heroin produced in the Golden Triangle -- the world's largest opium-producing area -- has been found circulating in Thailand.

Seizures of heroin from the Golden Triangle, one of the world's largest production areas along the Myanmar-Laos-Thai border, have been rising every year, according to Narcotics Control Board secretary-general Niyom Termsrisuk on Friday.

Mr Niyom said drug producers use China, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand as a base to transport shipments to other countries but sometimes drugs are sold along the way.

He added that it has been reported that opium production had declined last year but that 50 tonnes of heroin was shipped from the area to other countries and remote areas.

"Despite some of it being sold in passage countries like Thailand, heroin has not spread as much compared to ya ba, crystal meth and cannabis. However, it is still a cause for concern as heroin is a hard drug and it can damage the health of users even if they use it just a few times," he said. He said the number of people using or in possession of drugs has remained stagnant every year but the amount of heroin seized increased last year to 1.2 tonnes, up from 940kg the previous year.

However, the number of people in drug rehabilitation has declined annually, according to statistics. New users of drugs stood at 58%, 36% and 34% of total users between 2017-2019.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (4)

Trump weighs options for punishing China

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is poised to sign a measure that would punish Chinese officials for imprisoning more than one million Muslims in internment camps, as he looks to rebuke Beijing over its crackdown on Hong Kong and its response to the coronavirus.

21:00

State spending the only factor supporting economy

The economy got off to a grim start in the first month of the second quarter, with several key indicators the worst on record and state spending the only supporting factor, says a senior central bank official.

20:13

No more lonely beaches

Pattaya will reopen beaches — complete with loungers and umbrellas — from Monday, but with distancing enforced. Trips to Koh Lan are also back on the itinerary.

18:36