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More than 30 percent of North Koreans use meth, opium

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SEOUL, Dec. 1 (UPI) — Drug addiction is a serious problem in North Korea, according to South Korean researchers and North Korean defectors who spoke of their experiences with addiction on Thursday.

Lee Kwan-hyung, a researcher from Seoul-based Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, said during a seminar about 30 percent of North Koreans use drugs, which have become a part of “everyday life,” Yonhap reported.

Lee, who has investigated drug use in North Korea, conducted in-depth interviews that led him to conclude drugs are a common part of life and that the environment in the country allows “anyone to easily access drugs.”

“It would not be extreme to say at least 30 percent of North Koreans use methamphetamines, opium and other drugs,” – READ MORE

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