Drug Frenzy

2013 ,    »  -   10 Comments
Ratings: 7.35/10 from 66 users.

Methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin - there are mountains of it, as drug culture is quickly expanding in China. We're going to rarely seen places of this changing environment as correspondents investigate the other China's boom, one that probably leads all the way to our own front yard. This is distant and exciting territory.

The border between China and its developing neighbor, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is thousands of kilometers long. You might expect big fences and armed guards on watch, but there the borders of countries mean very little to people who were transiting and blending for eons.

There's a fast-moving trade there. Myanmar has been opening up and China is constantly increasing its wealth. Yet to buy Chinese merchandise, poor Burmese farmers need lot of money and in order to acquire that amount of money some are ready and willing to smuggle a very hazardous baggage to the north. With no authorities in sight, the potential to transport banned drugs across the border is evidently substantial.

Myanmar has long been a dominant place of origin of the world's heroin. Now, on top of that, there are new drugs getting out of there and via China they're ending up as far away as Australia. In this documentary we'll pursue the drugs and we'll measure the size of a problem treated so serious it's currently led to joint operations by Australian and Chinese authorities.

The number of labs which produce drugs has skyrocketed. In other words, they were once making heroin but now they've altered to deliver ice-type drugs, amphetamine-type drugs. Myanmar's raised ice production is in straightforward reaction to Chinese consumption. The reason is simple - supply and demand. There are so many people in China who are selling drugs.

The number of Chinese drug dealers is in exponential rise and drug producers and smugglers in Myanmar found a way to establish networks with them. There are also a lot of unspotted, invisible drug consumers. There's a huge market, otherwise they wouldn't make those drugs in the first place.

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10 Comments / User Reviews

  1. dmxi

    i know this is a good watch before even seein' it '!

  2. bringmeredwine

    Hahahaha! dmxi,
    Bet your eyes were bugging out at the 13th minute.
    I couldn't believe the lax security at the border with Burma.
    Imagine if Hollywood had the same rehab as Shanghai!

  3. megatron_mcdaniels

    So let me get this straight...human beings like to take drugs?

  4. ~Oliver B Koslik Esq

    drugs are bad

    this doc + cannabis is good

    +1 doc & cannabis!

  5. Johnny Mullan

    x-drug addicts working in drug free factories making products to end up god knows where! wonder how much their getting paid?! if anything not much - plus is it just me or does the Australian presenter sound like he's promoting certain drugs in this documentary?

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  7. Sandra Rennet

    300. 000 ex users compare China population 1,360,660,000. It's nothing

  8. batvette

    "imagine if Hollywood had the same rehab as Shanghai!"

    I said, nooo, nooo, no!

  9. danteOne

    The history of China since the 19th can be best understood through the drug trade. The story starts with the mild drug caffeine, from tea. The european demand tea lead to a huge trade imbalance between China and europe. The chinese seemed to have little interest in any European products, except for opium which european traders, especially british, traded in huge amounts to the chinese. Opium was illegal in China, and so the ruler of China responded to the smuggling of drugs, by capturing British ships who were selling opium. The British response was to declare war on China and launch an invasion, over the issue of free trade. The war reparations demanded by the British and the humiliating defeat suffered by the chinese lead to a severe weakening of the chinese government. The warlord period that fallowed the fall of the government, had numerous cruel warlords that maintained their power through the selling of opium. The Nationalist, Sun Yat-Sen, and the communist party worked together to unite the country and rid the country of opium. In areas controlled by the communist party, in the post world war two period, opium was outlawed and the ban was strictly enforced. A major part of the communist parties legitimacy comes from ridding the country of opium, and therefore drugs inflame painful scars of european imperialism.

  10. breggetta

    You are so correct about the history of the drug trade between China and England. I think people should know the history in order to understand the problem better. Well said...

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