North Korea’s Casual Attitude Towards Meth

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The North Korean government may have gotten out of the business of manufacturing and exporting methamphetamine, but the country’s citizens have taken up the resulting slack.

The North Korean government may have gotten out of the business of manufacturing and exporting methamphetamine, but the country’s citizens have taken up the resulting slack.

That’s not to say that North Korean law condones the entrepreneurial efforts. Even when they made it themselves it was intended for export only.

But, now that the business is in the hands of the people, use within North Korea has become routine, from citizens treating colds to students staying up late with homework.

Being offered a bit when visiting neighbors is apparently not unusual.

Another reason North Koreans take meth is to alleviate hunger pangs in a country where food is limited and quality of life is poor.

Dire personal situations are also what prompted some to get into the production business.

The drug can easily be made in kitchens and bathtubs with readily available equipment and ingredients.

Given the lightness and brevity of the sentences often handed out to those caught in possession of meth, many question if there are any serious efforts in place to stop its production.

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