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‘Organic meth’ going the heroin way?

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    8th Dec, 2020

What is organic meth?

  • Methamphetamine (Meth) is a potent psychostimulant drug and neurotoxin.
  • In low doses cause elevated mood and energy.
  • While it has limited use as a legitimate pharmaceutical, methamphetamine has become a popular, addictive, and illegal recreational drug.
  • This ‘organic meth’ is in high demand in countries like Australia.

What is the concern?

  • A matter of grave concern is that an already well-established route for heroin trafficking across the world is being used to push it.
  • The meth being seized of late is suspected to have been prepared using the precursor, ephedrine, extracted from Ephedra.
  • There is emerging evidence of Afghanistan’s (a member of the golden crescent) role as a producer and supplier of ephedrine and methamphetamine.

Golden Crescent

  • The Golden Crescent is the name given to one of Asia's two principal areas of illicit opium production located at the crossroads of Central, South, and Western Asia.
  • This space overlaps three nations, Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan, whose mountainous peripheries define the crescent.

Golden Triangle

  • The Golden Triangle is the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers.

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