Opium Production On the Rise Despite SE Asia's War on Drugs

Opium Cultivation on the Rise in Northern Provinces Except Chiang Rai. A policeman holds poppy plants after a field was destroyed (Chiang Rai Times).

(Chiang Rai Times)

CHIANG RAI – Cultivation of opium in Southeast Asia’s notorious Golden Triangle region has doubled in the past decade, according to an in-depth study that rebuffs governments' claims that an aggressive anti-narcotics policy is reaping benefits and improving livelihoods.

The findings come a year before the 2015 deadline set by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc to make the region drugs free.

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