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Published: Sat, 24 Mar 2018 16:58:51 -0700

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North Korea: North Korea's Meth Habit

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan 2014 - Entrepreneurs Set Up Labs and Appear to Be Distributing the Drug Beyond the Borders. YANJI, China - After the North Korean coal mine where she worked stopped paying salaries, Park Kyung Ok tried her hand at business.

Korea: OPED: Peace Caravan Decries Toll Of Drug War

Sun, 16 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMT

Korea Times, 16 Sep 2012 - BALTIMORE -- Participants in the historic Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity already have tried to hold Mexico responsible for the violent drug war that its government estimates has claimed at least 60,000 victims and devastated families. Now, they want the United States to accept its share of blame.

Korea: Is Korea's Drug Policy Working?

Mon, 20 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Korea Herald, 20 Aug 2012 - If law enforcement figures are any guide, Korea's illegal drug problem pales in comparison with much of the rest of the world. There were 7,011 arrests for drug offenses in 2011, according to the Supreme Prosecutors' Office, a 7 percent drop from the previous year. The U.S., by way of comparison, in 2010 made more than 1.6 million drug arrests, more than 36 times Korea's figure, even after differences in population are accounted for. "Korea is a relatively drug-free country," said Hwang Sung-hyun, a professor of criminology at Cyber University. "Internationally, the qualification of a drug-free country is whether there are more than 10,000 narcotics-related convicts. In the case of Korea, from 1999 to 2002, the number reached more than 10,000 for four consecutive years, but from 2003 to 2006, the number was reduced to 7,000 and in 2007, the numbers again reached more than 10,000."

South Korea: PUB LTE: Heroin Maintenance Program

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT

Korea Times, 23 Apr 2012 - Dear editor, There is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket legalization. Switzerland's heroin maintenance program has been shown to reduce disease, death and crime among chronic users. Providing addicts with standardized doses in a clinical setting eliminates many of the problems associated with illicit heroin use. The success of the Swiss program has inspired heroin maintenance pilot projects in Canada, Germany, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Korea: OPED: Beating Drug-war Addiction

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT

Korea Times, 17 Apr 2012 - BUENOS AIRES - In January, U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Marine Corps Lieutenant General John F. Kelly to head the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). Based in Miami, Fla., USSOUTHCOM runs military operations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and is the key U.S. "drug warrior" in the region. Across the region, the key question, among civilian and military leaders alike, is whether the change in commanders will bring with it a change in focus. The top priority for USSOUTHCOM is to fight narcotics trafficking from the Andes to the Rio Grande. With the Cold War's end, fighting communism was no longer the U.S. armed forces main objective; USSOUTHCOM increasingly concentrated on pursuing coercive anti-drug initiatives, and funds to fight the drug war were plentiful. But the change in commanders is an opportunity for the U.S. to revise, at long last, its regional doctrine in order to address other pressing security needs.

South Korea: Confiscated Narcotics Jump

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 07:00:00 GMT

Korea Times, 14 Jul 2009 - The amount of narcotics confiscated in the first six months of the year increased 20 percent compared with the same period last year, the government said Tuesday. A growing number of large-scale smuggling attempts contributed to the increase, it said.

South Korea: Actress Under Fire for Backing Marijuana

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 07:00:00 GMT

Korea Times, 22 Jun 2009 - Actress Kim Bu-Seon's Calls On National TV For Marijuana Use To Be Legalized Are Causing A Public Uproar. In a pre-recorded interview on MBC's live morning show on Friday, the 46-year-old, who has advocated the legalization of the drug, said, "Marijuana is not a narcotic; it is technically an Oriental herbal medicine which Koreans have used for 5,000 years."

South Korea: US Players Convicted For Smoking Marijuana

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 07:00:00 GMT

Korea Times, 14 Apr 2009 - Three American basketball players who had been fired from their South Korean teams for smoking marijuana were sentenced to suspended jail terms by a local court Monday. The Suwon District Court sentenced Terrence Shannon and DeAngelo Collins of the Seoul SK Knights and Calvin Warner of the Anyang KT&G Kites to six months in prison with a one-year suspension for smoking the illegal drug at downtown Seoul hotel in January, according to Yonhap News Agency.

South Korea: PUB LTE: About Drug Policy Reform

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 07:00:00 GMT

Korea Times, 16 Jul 2008 - Dear editor, The U.S. drug war is a cure worse than the disease. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of drug trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed their desperate habits. The drug war doesn't fight crime, it fuels crime.