East, Southeast Asia drug markets expand despite pandemic

The market for synthetic drugs in East and Southeast Asia is growing despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with the price of methamphetamine dropping to its lowest levels as supplies surge, the global anti-drug watch group said.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned in its report released on May 15 that drug production and trafficking in the region have grown unabated and uncontrolled.

The report, “Synthetic Drugs in East and Southeast Asia: Latest Developments and Challenges,” confirmed that the variety and volume of synthetic drugs produced and trafficked in the region increased in the past year.

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