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ATS: A NEED FOR SPEED

 
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The briefer examines the global and regional impact of amphetamine production and use. With the increased use of amphetamines, there are almost twice as many users of amphetamines in the world than of opiates. The bulk of amphetamine production and trafficking in the world occurs in Southeast Asia.

Burma is a primary source of amphetamines to the world market. Amphetamine production and trafficking has given the SPDC an alternative source of revenue that has allowed the SPDC to reduce opium and heroin production in response to international pressure.

Regional governments need to seriously assess the health, social, and human security threats linked to increased amphetamine production and use. Injected and tablet forms of amphetamines are directly linked to the spread of HIV/AIDS from Burma to India and China. Every country neighboring Burma is negatively impacted by amphetamine use.