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News in Brief 31 May 2022

  • Over one billion methamphetamine tablets seized in East and Southeast Asia

  • Yemen-bound Horn of Africa migrant numbers tick up, despite ongoing conflict

  • Tobacco industry is killing people and our planet, says UN health agency

OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

Syrian government asked to explain spike in drug imports

The Syrian government has been asked by the UN to explain the importing of “significant amounts” of the legally traded drug, pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make the illicit stimulant, methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine has been used in war time to heighten the attention and performance of soldiers.

Daniel Dickinson has been speaking to Werner Sipp, the President of the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

Duration: 2’46”