Opium production remains high in Myanmar and Laos

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Opium poppy field in the south of Afghanistan. Photo: IRIN/Abdullah Shaheen

Opium poppy cultivation continues at high levels in Myanmar and Laos, according to a UN report out on Monday.

The report, by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows that Myanmar remains South-East Asia’s top opium producer and the world’s second largest after Afghanistan.

Opium poppy crops are used to produce heroin, a highly addictive drug that affects the lives of millions of people around the world.

To find out more about what the report says Derrick Mbatha spoke on the line to Bangkok, Thailand, with Jeremy Douglas UNODC Regional Representative for South Asia and the Pacific.

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