October 23, 2020

Use of illegal drugs becoming more common in N.Korea, reports say

Pyongyang residents call someone who doesn’t take meth ‘moron’: defector testimony

Consumption of illicit drugs in North Korea is on the rise and is widespread among people of all ages, South Korea’s Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) said on Thursday.

North Koreans have easy access to drugs and “the consumption of methamphetamine (designer drug) has become common and cultural” since 2010, Lee Kwan-hyung, a researcher in drug use in North Korea at the NKDB in Seoul, said based on in-depth interviews with 18 defectors.