Methamphetamine, Ecstasy Dominate Southeast Asia Drug Worries
September 28, 2006
Two new reports document the drug threats facing the Asia-Pacific Region, including Australia. Most of the 13 countries studied by the Australian National Council on Drugs indicated growing abuse of methamphetamine and ecstasy. And a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime warns more potent forms of meth are showing up on Australia's streets. The ANCD study says 80 percent of HIV infections in Indonesia are linked to injection drug use, and 25,000 Thais begin using drugs each year. Meth is now the chief illicit drug used in the Philippines, according to the ANCD study. Australia's first conference on amphetamines begins Thursday in Sydney.
Australian Associated Press
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