Amphetamines major "security risk" in Asia

cache of seized drugs

cache of seized drugs

An increase in the manufacture of amphetamine drugs like ecstasy and crystal meth in East Asia is posing a major security risk in the region according to the UN's drugs agency.

A United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC report on Amphetamine-type stimulants of ATS, reveals that in South-East Asia alone the number of illegal pills seized rose from 32 million in 2008 to 133 million last year.

ATS drugs have become the second most used illegal drug in the world after cannabis.

Daniel Dickinson asked UNODC's Gary Lewis who's based in Bangkok, Thailand, about the growth in ATS drugs.

Duration: 2'23"

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