Shabu in the Philippines

in Substance Abuse, Transnational Crime

2.1 percent of the population in the Philippines uses Shabu, a form of methamphetamine, according to the US State Department.

Consumption of meth in the Philippines was reported to be one of the major threats to the country, according to the 2012 International Drug Control Strategy Report. Security officials state that Chinese organized crime groups operating in the Philippines are the main players in the local meth trade.

(Additional shabu and meth use worldwide.)

Police in the Philippine seized 250 kilograms of methamphetamine in 2011. The drugs were valued at $68 Million  In addition to the meth, police also seized 4.8 million marijuana plants and 818 kilograms of marijuana worth $17.4 Million.

(How much is the price of meth?)

Source:  Jerry E. Esplanda, “UN drug report: Philippines has highest rate of shabu use in East Asia,” Inquirer, March 27, 2012.

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