N. Korea's Latest Demon: Crystal Meth
Country is in throes of 'drug epidemic,' says journal
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 20, 2013 12:47 PM CDT
Updated Aug 24, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
A man touches ribbons with messages wishing for the Koreas' reunification on military wire fences at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – Illegal drugs are a growing problem in North Korea—and some users are turning to the substances to cure common illnesses, the BBC reports. "The whole of North Korean society is being affected by illegal drugs," a defector tells South Korea's Chosun Ilbo. "Some wealthy people use them to lose their weight and other people take them to treat colds and fatigue. They are considered wonder cures." One drug on the upswing is crystal meth, the Wall Street Journal reports.

A defector tells the paper how he used the drug to keep focused during a rushed escape from the North. "I inhaled about 10 hits before I went to the river," he says. The journal North Korea Review cites a "drug epidemic" in the country, the Journal notes; a researcher says nearly every adult in northern North Korea has tried it, "and not just once." Prostitution is also a growing problem, the BBC adds. Young women are getting involved in the trade to keep afloat—or to buy luxury items. Wealthier students are among those turning to prostitution, and top officials are frequent clients, the Chosun Ilbo adds.

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Aug 26, 2013 2:19 AM CDT
With countries like these you just have to wait it out. Eventually, enough people will break out of their trance, rebel, and the North will be free.
Aug 26, 2013 2:03 AM CDT
OMG I thought I would never say this but in this particular situation, illicit, life debilitating drugs are the answer. The US should contract with Mexican cartels and ship over the stuff on the largest cargo ships and then airdrop it by the tons.
Aug 26, 2013 12:15 AM CDT
Now that they have found meth if only we could send North Korea some more of our countries prized possessions like; attorneys, the rainbow push coalition, labor unions, some former detroit (and San Diego) democratic mayors, the ACLU & LGBT we wouldn't have to worry about them militarily.