Commitment PM by waiting for the echo rocket methamphetamine addiction gang war Brother 2003
At first, the pills have made life easier for Santhisuk:. This helped him endure the long hours of heavy loading bales of cloth in a textile factory in Bangkok
Gradually, he realized he was more angry and more aggressive in the days go. But it was only when he was arrested for the third time - and sent for rehabilitation in a Buddhist temple - he admitted his addiction to methamphetamine. Now clean, the worker of 19 years, is concerned about what happens when you leave the temple of Wat Saphan and go home.
"It will be difficult because all my friends still take it. The drug is so widespread now that everyone thinks it's okay," he said.
monks in the temple of Klong Toey, one of the poorest neighborhoods of Bangkok, said they saw a huge increase in dependency ratios. The problem extends well beyond the Thai capital.
The number of methamphetamine users in Thailand to reach 1.1 million this year, the head of the police anti-drugs in the country, told The Guardian - the equivalent of one to 60 people . The number of users increased by 100 000 per year for five or six years, said Lieutenant General Atitep Panjamanond.
Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime minister in waiting, has promised "a new war against drugs" to withdraw within 12 months, alarming human rights groups fear a repeat of 2003 with his brother.
More than 2,500 people died in three months, Thaksin Shinawatra, the police ordered the blacklisting of suspected dealers and to act "decisively and without mercy." While Police blamed the gang crime most deaths - who said 68 officers were killed by the "self-defense" - human rights groups say there is convincing evidence of extrajudicial executions. A committee later reported that more than half of the dead, including a child of nine, had not been involved in drug trafficking.
But the campaign has been very popular and that drug use increases, many people want to return to the last action.
"I personally believe that the killings were a good thing. If left to the courts [retailers] just cycle in and out of jail, "said Aminna Bedinlae, 84, who lost his son to drugs and now conducts programs to combat the abuse of Klong Toey, where 46 people have were killed.
addiction has always been common in the district of Bangkok, but in the last line of detectors was more common, said 84 years. "Now that sniffing glue begins to six or seven and go ... [Methamphetamine] is more expensive then they get involved with crime -. robbery or theft, and making them more aggressive
"steal my neighbor's son in the family and requires 300 baht [drug] every day. If not, he hits." Drivers and workers have long relied on methamphetamine pills - known here
yabaregular use can lead to addiction and psychiatry, and that the drug is associated with a violent and aggressive behavior. Atitep said about 70% of meth comes across the Burmese border and ethnic militias blamed for the production of a series of more drugs to finance their fight against the regime. The price of a tablet was reduced to only 150 baht (3 pounds) in places, half the price in 2004. His department has taken 33 million tablets in 2009 and 60 last year.