Asia's Get Tough on Drugs Approach

Surging methamphetamine use in Asia has encouraged governments to embrace get tough drugs policies that may make the situation worse.

The Philippines has embarked on a bloody "war on drugs" that has led to at least 2,400 deaths in just 2 months. Indonesia has resumed the executions of drug convicts. And Thailand and Myanmar are sentencing small-time drug users to long jail terms in crowded prisons.

Strategies like the Philippines’ will likely lead to more violence and further entrench rather than uproot trafficking networks, says drugs expert Geoff Monaghan.


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