Morphine Abuse in Asian Countries

As early as the 8th Century, opium began in Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, Myanmar and Malaysia. In the 16th Century, European merchants discovered the commercial appeal of opium, and began distributing it throughout the continent. Although historically opiate abuse was a minor problem throughout this area, drug use in urban areas has been rising since the 1960’s to today. Recent open door policies for international trade have also increased the use and availability of illicit drugs,...