The display and use of methamphetamine - an addictive amphetamine and invigorating drug – is strongly entrenched in North Korea. Users inject or snort the drugs as if they were smoking a cigarette, without any form of embarrassment. “North Koreans consider methamphetamine as an energy-boosting drug, similar to coffee and Red Bull,” said Andrei Lankov, a Korea expert at the University in Seoul (South Korea). “Only it is much more powerful than the well-known energieboosters.” the
The misconception that the drugs simply provide energy, marks a “significance underestimation” of the dangers of drug use. That is due to a lack of knowledge about the addictive and even deadly effects of the drugs.
Methamphetamine was for the first time in Korea, introduced during the occupation by Japan (1910-1945). That introduction was a sailing for a while later - during the Second world War - provided the North Korean army all methamphetamine for the soldiers. A few decades later, in the 90's, and started the North Korean government itself with the manufacture of the drugs: a welcome source of income.
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