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Drugs destroyed for anti-abuse day

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:34

Narcotics worth hundreds of millions of dollars are destroyed to mark the United Nations' International Day Against Drugs. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Pakistan lights a multi-million dollar bonfire to mark the United Nations' International Day Against Drugs. The country is in the top three for global narcotic seizures and was declared poppy-free in 2011. Pakistani anti-narcotics officials were also destroying thousands of bottles of alcohol. (SOUNDBITE)(English) COMMANDER OF ANTI-NARCOTICS FORCE SINDH, BRIGADIER MUHAMMAD ABUZAR, SAYING: "In our country liquor is also prohibited so a lot of liquor was also burned or destroyed but mainly the concern is 55, 000 kilogrammes of narcotics whose value in international currency would go in billions of rupees and millions of dollars maybe." This 10 million dollar bonfire in Myanmar was also fuelled by confiscated narcotics including heroin and methamphetamine. The U.N Office on Drugs and Crime says opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar's been on the rise since 2006. It also pinpoints the country as the second largest producer of opium after Afghanistan. Myanmar, and neighbouring Thailand where 200 million dollars worth of drugs went up in smoke, are part of the Golden Triangle, one of Asia's main opium-producing areas. These drugs being incinerated in Ayutthaya Province were the result of seizures in almost 3, 000 cases nationwide. The U.N's world drug report last year said seven per cent of the world's population of more than 4, 833 million aged between 15 and 64 were drug users.

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Drugs destroyed for anti-abuse day

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:34