March 27, 2023

North Korean drug abuse reportedly spreading

Expansion beyond northern hotspots suggests loss of government control

SEOUL – Despite official denials, drug abuse has seen a recent upswing in North Korea, suggesting a loosening of government control.

The problem is particularly severe in the North Korea-China border regions, as illegal drugs manufactured near the cities of Hamheung, Nampo and Sunchon are now being sold to the outer districts at an alarming pace.