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Opium production in Myanmar surges to nine-year high

BBC, 26 Jan 2023
The production of opium increased sharply in Myanmar, rising by a third last year, according to the United Nations.

It touched nearly 795 metric tonnes in 2022, nearly double the production in 2021 - 423 metric tonnes - the year of the military coup.

The UN believes this is driven by economic hardship and insecurity, along with higher global prices for the opium resin that is used to make heroin.

The coup plunged much of Myanmar into a continuing civil war.

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