Drug production, trafficking and trade in Asia and Pacific Island countries

Reid, Gary, Devaney, Madonna L. and Baldwin, Simon (2006) Drug production, trafficking and trade in Asia and Pacific Island countries. Drug and Alcohol Review, 25 6: 647-650. doi:10.1080/09595230600972850


Author Reid, Gary
Devaney, Madonna L.
Baldwin, Simon
Title Drug production, trafficking and trade in Asia and Pacific Island countries
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-5236
1465-3362
Publication date 2006-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09595230600972850
Volume 25
Issue 6
Start page 647
End page 650
Total pages 4
Place of publication Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We report here on illicit drug production, trafficking and transit routes found in the Asia Pacific region. The report is based on the 'Situational analysis of illicit drug issues and responses in Asia and the Pacific', commissioned by the Australian National Council on Drugs Asia Pacific Drug Issues Committee. The situational analysis was a comprehensive desk based review; data sources included published and unpublished literature and key informant reports. It was found that Myanmar was the main producer of opium, heroin and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) in the Asia-Pacific region. China is now considered a major producer of methamphetamines, but other Asia-Pacific nations are also involved in production. Cannabis production was found throughout most of the Asia-Pacific region, in particular Cambodia and the Philippines. Drug trafficking and transit routes of Asia and the Pacific were proliferating and dynamic. The Pacific is mainly known as a trans-shipment point for drugs entering other countries in the region. Drug cultivation and production in Asia is substantial. The expansion of ATS production in the Asia Pacific region is causing much concern. Most drug traffickers change routes and tactics to exploit available vulnerable points along international borders. Responding effectively to the complexity and scale of drug production and trafficking in the Asia-Pacific region will remain a major challenge.
Keyword Asia
Drug production
Drug trafficking
Pacific
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
 
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