Is North Korea Addicted To Meth?

meth-in-ruili-yunnanCould between a quarter and half of the North Korean population be meth users? SINO-NK reports:

Though the North Korean government would never admit to outsiders that there is a drug problem in the country, the Daily NK has filed many reports over the past several years suggesting that “bingdu” (meth) is available practically at epidemic levels inside the DPRK. Articles claim, among other things, that commodity prices rise and fall depending on the harshness of ongoing crackdowns on bingdu; that middle schoolers in Hamhung, South Hamgyong Province, were caught producing bingdu; that teenagers give it as a birthday gift to peers; and, most recently, that Kim Jong-Un had ordered a crackdown on bingdu producers, sellers, and users.

Quotes from defectors and sources who spoke to the Daily NK report that anywhere from ¼ to ½ of the population in North Korea are using the drug. And as reported by Isaac Stone Fish in Newsweek, bingdu is often taken as a replacement for medicine in the DPRK. The general consensus appears to be that the North Korean government has taken a backseat to its citizens when it comes to the production and distribution of meth.

9 Comments on "Is North Korea Addicted To Meth?"

  1. Methamphetamines is best amphetamines

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Feb 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

    I guess they’re supposed to ease hunger pains.

    And it’s not as if their chronic unemployment and homelessness means they have to be sharp tomorrow for a big day at the office.  So it’s not hard to see why some people might go full bore on the stuff.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Feb 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm |

      Good point, if your an executive type cocaine is generally used for a big day at the office.

      There is a similar thing to this going on in Aghanistan with heroin.

  3. ZombieSlapper | Feb 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

    That would explain all the mullets and Skynard shirts over there…

  4. Lol

  5. DeepCough | Feb 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm |

    I guess when Kim Jong IL died, they thought it was okay to smoke the stash.

  6. Jin The Ninja | Feb 12, 2012 at 8:47 am |

     is it considered ‘too soon’ to thank General MacArthur and the good ol’ USA?

  7. Saltynutz4u | Apr 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm |

    Don’t meth with N.Korea the story goes

  8. Saltynutz4u | Apr 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm |

    Yeah…Meth is not the problem..The problem is a D.E.A. that is more compromised than even the C.I.A…Personally , here is a vote to legalize all drugs..After all we certainly cannot claim to be a “free” society with Big ass brother making what should be our personal decision..How much is the drug cartel called D.E.A. costing us yearly?..Tell me of one major bust that these turds have done to justify the cost fof transporting their drugs…Get rid of the D E A..All foreign aid…Tell the Rothschild’s to kiss our butts if they think we are paying one more cent to them for a national debt from an Unconstitutional group of foreign sissy’s..and bankers..Called the Fed..Write and pass a law that will automatically give any politician who even takes a call from lobbyist 5years..and loss of all benefits…Write and pass a law that makes the Congress responsible for any and all laws that they have wasted our time with…There you go…a balanced budget and Congress afraid of we the people…perfect.

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