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Synthetic drugs a major drag on development

East and Southeast Asia remains the world's largest market for synthetic drugs, and the methamphetamine problem is showing signs of accelerating, according to senior policy, law enforcement and justice delegates to a special regional conference that started today in Yangon.

The event was organised by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Global SMART Programme.

Growing demand in East and Southeast Asia for methamphetamine is being met by large-scale production in China, Myanmar and several other countries in the region. Information presented at the conference confirms continued high, and rising, demand and supply of methamphetamine.

"Organised crime groups are well positioned to take advantage of regional integration agreements to expand the trafficking of synthetic drugs and precursor chemicals" said Jeremy Douglas, UN Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

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