Opium production in Myanmar breaks records

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 Opium production in Myanmar breaks records

Myanmar's opium production has skyrocketed, hitting a nine-year high, according to the UN.

In 2022, production was nearly 795 metric tons, nearly double what it was in 2021 The year the military coup took place, -423 metric tons.

According to the Air Force, the UN believes this is due to economic difficulties and insecurity, as well as higher world prices for opium resin, which is used to heroin production.

“The economic, security and governance disruptions that followed the February 2021 military coup converged, and farmers in remote, often conflict-prone areas in northern Shan and along the border states had no choice but to return to opium,” said Jerome and Douglas, Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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