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North Korea Has a Serious Crystal Meth Problem (Meth Heads go mainstream)
Atlantic ^ | Aug 20, 2013

Posted on 08/23/2013 7:22:31 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

North Korea Has a Serious Crystal Meth Problem

Aug 20, 2013

We've known about North Korea's practice of selling state-manufactured, high quality meth in foreign countries, typically China, for at least two years, but now it seems the drug is sweeping the country. A new report in North Korea Review, highlighted today by the Wall Street Journal, is titled "A New Face of North Korean Drug Use: Upsurge in Methamphetamine Abuse Across the Northern Areas of North Korea," and alleges that meth has gone from the state's factories to smaller, independent "underground laboratories and 'home kitchens.'" The drug is now prevalent in the Northern areas of the country. One of the study's authors, Kim Seok-hyang, told The Journal, "Almost every adult in that area (of North Korea) has experienced using ice and not just once … I estimate that at least 40 percent to 50 percent are seriously addicted to the drug."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: meth; nkmeth; nkorea

1 posted on 08/23/2013 7:22:31 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

P!


2 posted on 08/23/2013 7:22:58 AM PDT 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

On a serious note... Is it possible that the Meth distracts from empty bellies?


3 posted on 08/23/2013 7:24:34 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I’m surprised


4 posted on 08/23/2013 7:25:00 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: The Working Man

Increased worker productivity, decreased appetite, shortened lifespan..........yep! perfect drug for Norks.


5 posted on 08/23/2013 7:27:17 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: The Working Man

most definitely

But if 50% of the country is using it, North Korea will cease to be a problem in less time than anyone expected.

It’ll kill you deader’n anything quickly


6 posted on 08/23/2013 7:28:42 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: The Working Man
Actually, that is one of the reasons people started to turn to Meth, according to defectors. It is like smoking a cigarette, a way to feel good for a while. However, we all know this is way more serious than smoking.
7 posted on 08/23/2013 7:29:35 AM PDT 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

I think we will see a China-inspired military coup in DPRK before too long.


8 posted on 08/23/2013 7:29:50 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Maybe their little fat boy leader can get hooked on it and lose some weight.


9 posted on 08/23/2013 7:30:42 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Well... that helps explain a lot.


10 posted on 08/23/2013 7:32:24 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: PGR88
Or there are so many meth heads who lost any fear of state terror and start mass riot. Bullets won't scare them. That would be a bizarre end to one of the most heinous totalitarian regimes to date.
11 posted on 08/23/2013 7:32:32 AM PDT 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

Or you take them all, put a stick in their hands and send them south to attack the great Satan.


12 posted on 08/23/2013 7:36:24 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: UCANSEE2

There are allegations that there are meth heads among party officials. We don’t know how high it goes in official ranks. Most allegations are about some local or provincial officials. Meth are sometimes used as means of payment, like money.


13 posted on 08/23/2013 7:36:47 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: UCANSEE2
Hitler and Mao were big amphetamine addicts. Injections to run on rage and injections of barbituates to sleep.

Eventually you go insane.

14 posted on 08/23/2013 7:38:19 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
UN will debate over whether to shoot at millions of Meth Heads launching a human wave attack and in ensuing delay, Seoul is overrun by them, while military’s hands are tied by oh-so-caring humanitarians at UN.
15 posted on 08/23/2013 7:39:42 AM PDT 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

Amphetamine use never comes to a happy conclusion, for everyone.


16 posted on 08/23/2013 7:39:59 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Haven’t all evil geniuses fantasized about bombarding enemy territory with addictive drugs?


17 posted on 08/23/2013 7:40:44 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: blackdog

You are now seeing it unfolding on national scale.


18 posted on 08/23/2013 7:42:20 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: bigbob
In this case, the enemy is doing it for themselves. This robs evil genius of having the pleasure to ‘his evil.’ This is no fun for evil genius. LOL.
19 posted on 08/23/2013 7:45:02 AM PDT 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
Correction: having the pleasure to do ‘his evil.’
20 posted on 08/23/2013 7:46:44 AM PDT 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

Paranoia overtakes amphetamine users at some point. Not good when there are nuclear weapons involved. The paranoia serves the government well if it’s people are the ones suffering the effects. But if the government officials are meth heads, Ruh-roh!


21 posted on 08/23/2013 7:51:23 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Where do they ever get the makings for it? From all I know tree bark for dinner is hard to come by.


22 posted on 08/23/2013 7:55:37 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: TigerLikesRooster

for any Harry Turtledove fans here - “bomb ‘em with ginger”


23 posted on 08/23/2013 7:59:55 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Heisenberg is everywhere.


24 posted on 08/23/2013 7:59:55 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: bigbob

China “bombarded” South Viet Nam with cheap heroin

during the war with pretty bad results for a lot of

American soldiers.

Called it china white at the time


25 posted on 08/23/2013 8:16:54 AM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hmmm! I wonder whether this means amphetamines are the opiate of the vanguard of the revolution.


26 posted on 08/23/2013 8:22:55 AM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Mr. K
It would be nice if we had a CIA who could actually assess the extent of this problem. But they are too busy engaging in Muslim outreach.

True story. I was working in Japan between the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. One day our company gets a call from the SU commercial attache's office in the Shinagawa office. Since our group is in charge of new business development, my boss and I accept their invitation to go over and check things out.

The stuff that we saw was a real eye-opener: an expensive building in one of the most expensive areas of Tokyo almost devoid of furniture (they were selling it), two days of riding around the city with a couple of their senior officers and limo driver to show them our operations and what type of things we sold and might be interested in importing from the SU.

The biggest one was that the senior officials were openly critical of their leadership and telling us big changes were coming. I even made a phone call to the U.S. Embassy to tell them what I heard. They thanked me and assured me the situation was under control.

The news making total collapse happened less than two months later. People now forget how smoothly the Bush Administration handled it because they had a functioning intelligence service which cultivated a LOT of contacts on the ground. I even have a sneaking suspicion that the Soviet officials who called our company got our name from the U.S. Embassy. Of course, I can't prove it.

27 posted on 08/23/2013 8:28:18 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

SO Tiger do you think Chia Chub is going hang out with Charlie Sheen soon

Chia Chub vs the Warlock that be priceless moment to photoshop LOL!


28 posted on 08/23/2013 8:41:47 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Harold Shea

“China “bombarded” South Viet Nam with cheap heroin

during the war with pretty bad results for a lot of

American soldiers.

Called it china white at the time”

Same thing is happening today with cheap heroin from Afghanistan. Heroin abuse is an epidemic among our youth. Every American kid who OD’s on heroin is another casualty in this war, IMO.


29 posted on 08/23/2013 8:49:55 AM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: The Working Man

That was my thought as well. Meth suppressed apetite, so if you can’t get food, it’s probably a very tempting drug.


30 posted on 08/23/2013 9:07:09 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Distribution of this meth is a large problem for the entire Pac Rim area.
In many areas it has followed the same well established networks long used for heroin distribution.
31 posted on 08/23/2013 6:51:55 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Tainan
Must be those well established distribution network laid by large crime syndicates such as Triads and Yakuza.
32 posted on 08/23/2013 9:15:18 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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