‘Ya-ma’ seizures quadruple in five years

Methamphetamine seizures across much of the Asia-Pacific region have quadrupled over five years, the UN said on Tuesday, citing rising wealth as a reason for a boom in production and consumption. Between 2008 and 2013, the last year covered by the UNODC figures, regional seizures of methamphetamine, known colloquially in Burma as ya-ma, rose from 11 to 42 metric tonnes. UNODC said that Burma and southern China remain major regional synthetic drug production hotspots.