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Concerns Grows Over Threat of Increased Drug Use in Mon State

Kaowao
Saturday, September 29, 2012

The New Mon State Party (NMSP) launched an illegal drug crackdown campaign in Mon State earlier this week over fears that a wide increase in the illegal drug trade in Mon State may overwhelm Mon youth and leave them severely addicted.

A signboard launched for an illegal drug crackdown campaign put up in front of a house in Thanbyuzayat Township. (Photo:IMNA)

Mon sources in Mudon Township said that NMSP members launched the crackdown first in Mudon and more recently in Moulmein District, where letters were distributed and signboards were put up, warning the people community with a simple message: ‘Don’t use drugs or drugs will kill our nationality.’

According to Nai Marng, a resident of Thanbyuzayat Township and friend of the NMSP, this is the first time the NMSP has taken public action towards the elimination of drugs in Mon State since re-entering the ceasefire agreement with the Burmese government on February 1.

Amphetamines and Krathom are the drugs of choice for youth in the Mon community, and especially for those who came back from Thailand . The sale of drugs has become a good income for those who have the supply and choose to enter the drug trade.

Krathom, a leaf from a small tree, is used in different formulas developed with a variety of ingredients, such as Coca-Cola and cough syrup, all with a base ingredient of tranquilizers like Alprazolam and Iazepam.

One tablet of amphetamine usually costs 5,000 kyat and one leaf of Kraton is 50 kyat, depending on the areas, although some areas price Kraton higher if it is difficult to grow.

Mi Chit Oung is a resident in Mudon Township and worried about the current prevalence of illegal drugs: “Let them [the NMSP] arrest anyone related to the illegal drug trade, even my son, because I do not like what is happening to our community.”

Local communities in Mudon Township are experiencing a loss of security, according to sources, because illegal drug use within the community has increased. Motorbikes have often been stolen by drug users in order to sell to finance their addiction, according to local people.

The All Mon Regions Democracy Party (AMDP) has stated that they will cooperate with this NMSP sponsored campaign against illegal drugs, according to Nai Marng.

A signboard launched for an illegal drug crackdown campaign put up in front of a house in Thanbyuzayat Township. (Photo:IMNA)

During a Mon affairs conference hosted along the Thai-Burmese at an NMSP liberated area early of this year, representatives from Mon townships expressed their concerns about drug abuse in their communities and worries that a new generation of Mon will be lost due to drug abuse and addiction.

These representatives said that they wanted the NMSP or other human rights organizations to provide education about illegal drugs in order to prevent youth from using drugs.

The Mon Affairs Union also distributed a letter to different Mon State townships regarding their worry about drug abuse and has asked the NMSP to run an illegal drug elimination campaign.

It may difficult to completely eliminate drug use because many drugs are used secretly in private, but it may be easier to catch youth drug users because they prefer raucous public behavior like loud motorbike use and using drugs in public places like schools, which carries the added threat of exposing children to the negative effects of drug use.


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