Thailand burns $400m worth of drugs (video)

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Burning drugsThai authorities burned $400 million-worth of narcotics on World Drug Day on June 26 in the Thai city of Ayutthaya north of Bangkok, according to a release by the National News Bureau of Thailand.

The ceremony held at Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate was presided over by Thai Deputy Public Health Minister Cholanan Srikaew. 3,300 kilogrammes of seized illegal drugs were burnt. The lot comprised 2,793 kilogrammes of methamphetamine pills, 298 kilogrammes of crystal meth, 125 kilogrammes of heroin, 4 kilogrammes of ecstasy and 17 kilogrammes of cocaine.

The haul was accumulated through more than 2,500 drug seizures by Thai authorities. Cholanan said that the number of drug abusers in Thailand has reached 2 million. In 2013, the Public Health Ministry plans to rehabilitate over 300,000 addicts.

In neighbouring Myanmar, where experts say increasing amounts of amphetamines are being manufactured in jungle laboratories, authorities burned $76 million worth of drugs including more than 800,000 pills and half a tonne of opium and heroin. Most of the drugs were seized in northeastern Shan state, police said.

Myanmar also destroyed more than 1.2 tonnes of speciosa — known as kratom in Thailand where it is also popular — a mildly narcotic naturally occurring leaf that is chewed and can prove addictive or cause mental health problems among frequent users.

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Thai authorities burned $400 million-worth of narcotics on World Drug Day on June 26 in the Thai city of Ayutthaya north of Bangkok, according to a release by the National News Bureau of Thailand.

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Burning drugsThai authorities burned $400 million-worth of narcotics on World Drug Day on June 26 in the Thai city of Ayutthaya north of Bangkok, according to a release by the National News Bureau of Thailand.

The ceremony held at Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate was presided over by Thai Deputy Public Health Minister Cholanan Srikaew. 3,300 kilogrammes of seized illegal drugs were burnt. The lot comprised 2,793 kilogrammes of methamphetamine pills, 298 kilogrammes of crystal meth, 125 kilogrammes of heroin, 4 kilogrammes of ecstasy and 17 kilogrammes of cocaine.

The haul was accumulated through more than 2,500 drug seizures by Thai authorities. Cholanan said that the number of drug abusers in Thailand has reached 2 million. In 2013, the Public Health Ministry plans to rehabilitate over 300,000 addicts.

In neighbouring Myanmar, where experts say increasing amounts of amphetamines are being manufactured in jungle laboratories, authorities burned $76 million worth of drugs including more than 800,000 pills and half a tonne of opium and heroin. Most of the drugs were seized in northeastern Shan state, police said.

Myanmar also destroyed more than 1.2 tonnes of speciosa — known as kratom in Thailand where it is also popular — a mildly narcotic naturally occurring leaf that is chewed and can prove addictive or cause mental health problems among frequent users.

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