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NCJ Number: 119677 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Abuse in Asia
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:38  Issue:1 & 2, double issue  Dated:(January-June 1986)  Pages:41-53
Author(s): C Suwanwela; V Poshyachinda
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 13
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: Drug abuse has been present for a long time in Asia, but the past two decades have witnessed an alarming increase in such abuse and its associated problems in South-East Asia.
Abstract: Traditionally used for treating illness and alleviating physical and mental stress, opium was outlawed in many countries in the region in the years following World War II, forcing many habitual users to switch to heroin. Over the past twenty years, there has been an increasing trend towards drug abuse among youth, often involving multiple drug use such as the abuse of heroin and other opiates as a problem of epidemic proportion. While most abusers had inhaled and smoked these drugs, there has recently been an increased incidence of injecting high purity heroin. Urban populations were the initial centers of heroin addiction, but the problem soon spread to other cities, towns, and even to hill tribes, as studies in Thailand have demonstrated. Recent studies reveal that heroin abuse has also spread to countries which had no previous experience with the problem, including India and Sri Lanka. Addicts have begun to use manufactured psychotropic substances when heroin is difficult to obtain. Opium use in China and the problem of methamphetamine abuse in Japan is also discussed. 1 table, 34 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Far East; Opioids; South-East Asia
Note: Double issue on the nature and extent of drug abuse problems and social responses
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