Latest news on synthetic drugs - November 2018

November 2018 – UNODC: Regional and international partners meet in Vientiane Lao PDR to discuss transnational organized crime impacts and needs

In response to rapidly evolving and expanding transnational organized crime threats impacting Lao PDR and the surrounding Mekong region, regional experts and policy leaders from the Government of Lao PDR and bordering Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, along with representatives of international partner embassies, have gathered for two days to discuss the situation in Vientiane with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

With the objective of generating a shared understanding of transnational organized crime challenges impacting the country, UNODC experts and practitioners, and international experts, are guiding discussions and sharing current data and research on the situation and necessary practical responses.

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November 2018 – UNODC: Myanmar hosts talks on Asia Pacific strategy to control drug making chemicals

High-level delegations from East, South and Southeast Asia are in the capital of Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw, to consider the deteriorating synthetic drug situation in the region and negotiate a new strategy to address the diversion and trafficking of precursor chemicals used in production. "We are very pleased these discussions are underway", remarked Myanmar Vice Minister of Home Affairs Major General Aung Thu. He continued, "we put ourselves forward to co-host at the last Mekong MOU negotiations, and we reminded the region that precursors are required for synthetic drug production to continue to go up. While we are a significant source of illicit drugs, we are not a source of the chemicals."

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