UN Reports Meth Use Growing Across Asia

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Passages Malibu issues warning on the growing popularity of methamphetamines overseas.

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'Meth is a drug with serious potential for addiction and long term use of the drug can have devastating health effects,' said Pax Prentiss, CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers.

The United Nations recently issues surprising figures from UNODC, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime on the growing popularity of methamphetamine. AFP reported on November 9th that seizures of methamphetamine pills in East and Southeast Asia were up 59% from the year previous. Since 2008, UNODC reports a seven-fold increase of confiscated methamphetamine pills.

In Myanmar, seizures of crystal meth jumped 12-fold and Hong Kong reported a 91% increase in the amount of the substance intercepted by authorities over the last year. Substantial amounts of the drug were also reportedly turning up in Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Japan.

When taken as a pill, methamphetamine is known in Thailand as “yaba” which translates to “crazy medicine.” It is often used by low-wage workers who have to work long hours, and as a party drug.

The UN estimated that heroin and methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution generate $30 billion in Southeast Asia and China each year. In Thailand in particular, 63% more people sought treatment for yaba in 2012, versus the year previous.

“Meth is a drug with serious potential for addiction and long term use of the drug can have devastating health effects,” said Pax Prentiss, CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. “We’ve had success empowering people to move away from drugs like methamphetamine by treating and healing the underlying causes of addiction.”
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About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:

Father and son team Chris and Pax Prentiss founded Passages Malibu in 2001. Its second location, Passages Ventura, first opened its doors in 2009. The two alcohol & drug abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12 step/AA model of addiction treatment by utilizing a holistic program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than attributing addiction to an incurable disease.

Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura accept insurance and each have earned the coveted Joint Commission (JCAHO) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs.

Passages Malibu was named the #1 treatment center in the world by Healthcare Global, one of the "Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out" by Forbes magazine, and the Huffington Post recently acknowledged Passages as a center that “caters to a high-end crowd, with many CEOs, entrepreneurs and high-powered professionals among its clients.”
The co-founders are also authors of an acclaimed series of addiction treatment books, including their groundbreaking, flagship title, The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.

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