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Crystal Meth Epidemic Reported from Inside North Korea
Date:9/10/2013

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) September 10, 2013

An August 20th blog post in the Wall Street Journal detailed findings form a report that examined meth use in the northern area of North Korea. The report was one of the first of its kind that attempted to assemble meaningful statistics about North Korean drug use.

Methamphetamine, better known as crystal meth, began production in the embattled country when the export of opium became difficult.

Known locally as “bingdu,” meth started as a social drug for the upper economic echelon of society and steadily trickled downward. The report, entitled “A New Face of North Korean Drug Use: Upsurge in Methamphetamine Abuse Across the Northern Area of North Korea,” covered the various stages of meth’s rise in the country, beginning in 2004 with high-level officials and entrepreneurs, eventually trickling down to young people and students by 2009.

The author of the report stated that nearly every adult in the northern part of the country has tried the substance and estimated that 40-50% remain addicted.

“At Passages, our international clientele makes sure we stay aware of global trends in drug dependency,” said Pax Prentiss, CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. “We welcome anyone from around the world once they decide that they’re ready to start fresh and begin treatment. One of the most important aspects of our treatment method is getting to the underlying issues that keep people depended on drugs, so they can heal their addiction and move forward with their lives. We also make sure that our clientele have access to their
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