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Crystal Meth Use 'Rampant' in N.Korea
Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/05/11

Posted on 03/04/2011 6:07:09 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Crystal Meth Use 'Rampant' in N.Korea

North Korea's collapse will be brought about not by external pressure or the economic malaise but by widespread crystal methamphetamine abuse, say North Korean defectors who have recently arrived in the South.

How serious the problem is can be gleaned from a special instruction issued by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir Jong-un, who earlier this year ordered the security forces to round up drug users, "regardless of rank" -- implying that addiction is widespread in all strata of society.

Defectors say that youngsters at an elite school in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province attended by the children of senior officials were caught by security officers having sex acts while watching a porn video under the influence of the drug. Widespread drug use has also been reported at major universities such as Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies and Kim Chaek University of Technology.

North Korean sources say many security officers are themselves in thrall to the highly addictive drug.

Rumors say that at an officers' school under the North Korean Army near the border area, senior officers are enticing female soldiers under their command to use the drug and siphoning off the school's food to raise money for drugs.

Many officials of the State Security Department, the key North Korean agency charged with protecting the regime, are drug abusers themselves, sources claim, and reportedly work themselves up into frenzies of violence under the influence.

Instead of disposing of drugs they confiscate, officials either use them themselves or make money selling them on.

Some North Koreans allegedly use drugs as currency, with high school students exchanging them as birthday gifts and people even giving them as wedding presents.

The drugs in circulation are made in the North. The North reportedly began producing them in the early 1980s to earn the hard currency for the regime.

But crackdowns abroad have made export more difficult, especially in China, so the drugs are now sold in the North itself.

Once the taboo was broken, drugs became rampant. Even scientists at academies of sciences have begun secretly making drugs in their laboratories to earn money on the side as the economy goes from bad to worse.

A former senior North Korean official who recently defected to South Korea said the number of drug addicts has soared since a botched currency reform in late 2009.

A rumor among senior officials in Pyongyang in recent days is that Kim Jong-il's younger sister Kyong-hui is among the addicts, and Kim father and son too use the drug


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corruption; drugabuse; meth; nkorea
This reminds me of a scene in Scarface where Tony Montana(Al Pacino) sits as the table snorting from a "mountain" of cocaine. Somebody in NK could be doing the same with crystal meth.
1 posted on 03/04/2011 6:07:15 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

P!


2 posted on 03/04/2011 6:08:29 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Dictators and communist should all commit mass suicide to make the world a much better place.


3 posted on 03/04/2011 6:10:33 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Obama and the left are making a mockery of our country.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hard for me to understand...
I thought these people were nearly starving...
seems they would just be happy to have a biscuit or something...


4 posted on 03/04/2011 6:11:30 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (My best comments get deleted; if you can read this, it is not on the 'cutting edge'.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Would explain a whole lot. ;-)


5 posted on 03/04/2011 6:11:37 PM PST by doc1019
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To: TigerLikesRooster

What comes around, goes around. I’d like to see Chia Head and #1 son do a load and play Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun.


6 posted on 03/04/2011 6:11:59 PM PST by BipolarBob (Charlie Sheen taught me all about bi-winning.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
sex acts while watching a porn video under the influence of the drug.

So...San Francisco, but with GUNS? And straight, instead. And no blue hair.

7 posted on 03/04/2011 6:16:46 PM PST by gaijin
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To: FreeAtlanta

that would mean the Democratic party, the unions, and the mass of news media we have being “fair in reporting” aka the three letter news corps.

Damn it we would have to save the sanitation workers union to help clean up..

oh wait a minute, nopes, let them follow suit, I am sure we can clean up after them, just like we do now...

EL


8 posted on 03/04/2011 6:16:51 PM PST by Eureka_Lead (No political party has ever become a dictatorship when the citizens have firearms - Stay Vigilant)
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To: Repeal The 17th
I thought these people were nearly starving...

Well, the stuff is an appetite suppressant.

9 posted on 03/04/2011 6:17:44 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Surrounded by the misery and cannibalism that is communism in fruition. The ‘elevated class’ needs to be drugged in order to deal with any type of cohesion.
10 posted on 03/04/2011 6:17:47 PM PST by allmost
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To: TigerLikesRooster

China is 100% responsible for the disaster that is North Korea.


11 posted on 03/04/2011 6:19:41 PM PST by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Jet Jaguar; monkapotamus; Cindy; AmericanInTokyo; All

Hey Tiger do you think Chia Pet doing Meth or Chia Chub his son


12 posted on 03/04/2011 6:25:27 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It’s amazing that the Norks can spend so much money on Meth, nuclear weapons, missile technology and midget submarines, while they perpetually starve to death.


13 posted on 03/04/2011 6:26:21 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

The pain of living there must be unbearable. They would be happy to have a biscuit but there aren’t any. You can hardly blame people looking for a moment of escape.


14 posted on 03/04/2011 6:28:31 PM PST by The Free Engineer
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Next thing you know, they’ll start wearing mullets, living in trailers, and driving broken-down old El Caminos.

}:-)4


15 posted on 03/04/2011 6:28:42 PM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: Repeal The 17th

Read a book by a defector who claims people there are eating tree bark and grass to survive. How do they have the funds to get this stuff?


16 posted on 03/04/2011 6:28:59 PM PST by cydcharisse (`)
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To: Moose4

I could imagine we seeing photo of Chia Pet cooking the meth LOL!


17 posted on 03/04/2011 6:34:04 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Makes the grub and tree-bark soup with a side of roasted sticks taste better.


18 posted on 03/04/2011 6:35:08 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: cydcharisse

I have heard that North Korean diplomats routinely traffic narcotics, including methamphetamine in their diplomatic pouches to raise hard cash for the regime. Factories inside the country make the stuff, as well as counterfeit currency to launder in, and undermine foreign countries.


19 posted on 03/04/2011 6:40:10 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Repeal The 17th
Hard for me to understand...
I thought these people were nearly starving... seems they would just be happy to have a biscuit or something...

Probably easier to get meth than food. The government might even make it easier to get meth so that folks won't realize they're hungry. If they're sufficiently drugged, they won't think about rebelling.

20 posted on 03/04/2011 6:42:06 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Repeal The 17th

Meth is cheaply and easily made from common chemicals that are not foodstuffs.
So it’s easy to see why a country like NK might use it for their substance abuse of choice.


21 posted on 03/04/2011 6:42:15 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I'll be damned. I didn't even know the Norks had trailer parks.

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

22 posted on 03/04/2011 6:47:02 PM PST by Viking2002 (RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!!!)
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To: BipolarBob

I’d loan him a pistol for the pupose. I don’t own a revolver.


23 posted on 03/04/2011 6:50:42 PM PST by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: cydcharisse

NK gets foreign currency by exporting weapons and meth —of course they counterfeit foreign currencies, primarily the US $100, and the Japanese 10,000 yen note.

This is a guess, but I’d say that aside from Mexico, NK has the biggest meth operations in the world.


24 posted on 03/04/2011 6:52:54 PM PST by gaijin
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To: TigerLikesRooster
The Norks do have a "bouncing off the walls" kind of diplomacy.

5.56mm

25 posted on 03/04/2011 6:55:55 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I guess considering the surreal cult they live in where life has no value and the future has no hope rampant drug use amongst the ruling elites is not surprising. A skilled intelligence service could use this to great advantage.
26 posted on 03/04/2011 6:58:43 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Moose4

and joining biker gangs.


27 posted on 03/04/2011 7:14:20 PM PST by gusty
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To: PGR88

You’re right.


28 posted on 03/04/2011 7:16:36 PM PST by Hardastarboard (Bringing children to America without immigration documents is child abuse. Let's end it.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Was I hungry or just jonesing for some meth, monkey does coke until starved with food beside it as 2nd choice..


29 posted on 03/04/2011 7:39:57 PM PST by aces
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Impy; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj

Is Charlie Sheen in North Korea?


30 posted on 03/04/2011 7:46:35 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This what happens in such a repressive country. Look at the old Soviet Union...the people became drunks and still are today...


31 posted on 03/04/2011 7:50:20 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Defectors say that youngsters at an elite school in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province attended by the children of senior officials were caught by security officers having sex acts while watching a porn video under the influence of the drug.

Those kids could have earned college credits by doing that over here at Northwestern...

32 posted on 03/04/2011 7:52:54 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Repeal The 17th
I thought these people were nearly starving...

Amphetamines are appetite suppressants. It makes you forget you're hungy.

33 posted on 03/04/2011 7:55:17 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Illegal drug use can’t be stamped out by police state tactics?! Inconceivable!


34 posted on 03/04/2011 8:03:09 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: Viking2002
It isn't just trailer parks. Far from it.
35 posted on 03/04/2011 8:08:10 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: nascarnation

That makes me wonder how easy ephedrine is to get there. Once you got that it is an easy process to make meth. So I’ve read, no personal experience.

I say if it is being transported into N. Korea then somebody in the govt. is in on the deal. If it is being cooked up in country there are bound to be a few places around where something blowed up real good.

That is some bad caca, I’ve seen the effects in person back in my druggie days. I’ve known people who would stay up for two weeks at a time, they might take a meal or two in there but not enough to sustain a human body for very long. One of ‘em was sure there were FBI agents hiding in my stereo speakers. That is some bad caca. And the reason I don’t have my phone number listed to this day, those people are dangerous. It is doubtful any of them are still alive, but you never know.


36 posted on 03/04/2011 8:18:18 PM PST by West Texas Chuck (Eat the young, 100 million guppies can't be wrong.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

I have to confess that I was an FBI agent back then and I really was hiding in your stereo speakers.


37 posted on 03/04/2011 8:30:35 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (My best comments get deleted; if you can read this, it is not on the 'cutting edge'.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

the most highly controlled society in the world can’t control its populations’s drug use. This is a lesson for all the drug warriors.


38 posted on 03/04/2011 8:48:46 PM PST by balch3
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To: Repeal The 17th

That was you? I just thought that guy was crazy.

Yes kids, I have a checkered past, but that was a long time ago. I ain’t been around that crowd in a few decades.


39 posted on 03/04/2011 8:51:26 PM PST by West Texas Chuck (Eat the young, 100 million guppies can't be wrong.)
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To: balch3
NK regime itself is a large-scale METH and heroin producer. They converted their pharmaceutical factories into giant METH labs. Once large quantities of METH were exported to outside(predominantly China) to earn hard cash for the regime. Now that China and other countries crack down on METH smuggling, export became difficult, but they still have to generate revenue. They started market METH inside NK. METH trade is conducted by power-that-be of N. Korea. Lately, NK regime started to crack down on METH. They could go after end-users and small-time pushers but I doubt that they can touch big fish, unless the big fish is the main target of Kim duo's purge drive. NK regime is broke(even though Kim Jong-il isn't) and they need cash to sustain the regime. This is not going to disappear soon, and probably become one of the main factors to bring down the regime.

NK regime actively raised this monster by making MEH production as a major export industry of N. Korea. Now it is having a blow-back.

40 posted on 03/04/2011 9:18:51 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: gaijin

So, just like in Afghanistan and Iran, they eventually end up getting high on their own supply.


41 posted on 03/04/2011 11:54:08 PM PST by sinanju
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To: Repeal The 17th

Hard for me to understand...
I thought these people were nearly starving...
seems they would just be happy to have a biscuit or something...


Drugs are an escape from reality. The reality in NK is misery.


42 posted on 03/05/2011 3:52:50 AM PST by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: cydcharisse
Read a book by a defector who claims people there are eating tree bark and grass to survive. How do they have the funds to get this stuff?

Read the story again. I've added some to the following line to clarify it.

The North reportedly began producing them (drugs) in the early 1980s to earn the hard currency for the regime (by selling the drugs outside NK).

So the production of hard drugs was encouraged by the government and became wide spread. The equipment and know-how is now also wide spread. Producing drugs is probably cheaper than producing food.

43 posted on 03/05/2011 3:59:04 AM PST by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Source: Open Radio for North Korea
- In some regions, Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) is consumed like food
- Children are addicted as well
- Regulation by the government is useless

Drug abuse in North Korea is worsening each day.

According to interviews with residents of Heoryong and Musan, in North Hamkyung Province on February 5, North Koreans near the border area and Shin-ui-ju, Hamheung, and Pyongyang consume Crystal Meth like food.

Especially near the border area, Meth is used by people of all ages, and even students aged 14-15 consume it. In these regions, Meth is served for guests, and the host invite guests to consume Meth by saying “Well, let’s drink!” Adults do not hesitate to invite children to consume Meth, which is resulting in addiction and drug related crime. Children often steal in order to afford their consumption.

The North Korean government, in March 2008, issued an ordinance prohibiting drugs, and ordered execution of anyone who is involved in trading. In 2009, the government placed specialists to regulate the drugs. However, those involved in trading have bribed government officials.

In the border region, 1g of Meth is traded for 100 Yuan, and the consumption is only increasing despite the food shortage.


44 posted on 03/05/2011 8:29:46 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; TigerLikesRooster; fieldmarshaldj; Perdogg; Clintonfatigued

Meth abuse would explain Kim Jong-Il.

I’d like to put him, Sheen, and Gary Busey together in a room with some power tools and a few working girls and see what happens.


45 posted on 03/05/2011 8:33:38 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

That does surprise me. But one thing that explains Kim Jong-Il is the fact that North Korea is an isloated, mountanous area which was cut off from much of the world when the Communists took over with a population that was already ignorant and struggling. I’m guessing that the crystal meth helps make life bearable for the poor people trapped there.


46 posted on 03/05/2011 8:49:00 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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