The Upper House has approved a bill to amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law of 1993 that would effectively decriminalise drug use in Burma.
Burma, along with other countries in Asia, is stepping up its efforts to stem a growing tide of drugs, but its approach is unlikely to succeed, say experts.
The NLD’s ongoing narcotics crackdown has caught many drug addicts, but health experts say they should be treated as patients, not punished.
Past efforts to stem Burma’s burgeoning drug problem have failed, said Burma’s home affairs minister, as he called for new policies to tackle the issue “from various angles”.
Aye Aye Mu, the NLD MP for Kale Township, talks about the growing drug crisis in Sagaing Division.
Tens of thousands of poor men from across Burma seek their fortune at Hpakant’s jade mines, only to see their lives ruined by drug addiction.