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Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 5:06 am - August 27, 2013.
Filed under: North Korea,Politics abroad

It was reported in the Wall Street Journal that North Koreans are massively addicted to crystal meth:

North Korea is experiencing a “drug epidemic,” according to a study published in the Spring 2013 edition of the journal North Korea Review.

“A New Face of North Korean Drug Use: Upsurge in Methamphetamine Abuse Across the Northern Areas of North Korea” explains how during the past several years meth production has gone from government-owned factories to privately run underground laboratories and “home kitchens.”

According to the report, it’s not the first time that a drug originally intended for export into China and beyond ended up flooding North Korea’s domestic market.

Throughout the 1990s and into the next decade, opium was the narcotic of choice for both the cash-strapped Kim Jong Il regime and the populace. But by the mid 2000s, the poppy fields began to disappear and meth became pervasive…

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5 Comments

  1. Communism can do that.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — August 27, 2013 @ 11:15 am - August 27, 2013

  2. Heisenberg.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 27, 2013 @ 12:09 pm - August 27, 2013

  3. Meth is easy to make, and suppresses appetite. Not bad for a hungry people.

    Comment by Mannie — August 27, 2013 @ 4:06 pm - August 27, 2013

  4. N Korea is such an F-ed place

    Comment by mike — August 27, 2013 @ 11:13 pm - August 27, 2013

  5. So the hysterical theatrics I saw when Kim Jon Il died were the result of meth highs? I am enlightened. Further proof that communism sucks.

    Comment by Sean — August 28, 2013 @ 9:05 pm - August 28, 2013

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