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Thai Officials Incinerate Over a Ton of Seized Drugs



Thai narcotics officials put bags of methamphetamine pills into a bin during the 40th Destruction of Confiscated Narcotics ceremony in Ayutthaya province, nearly 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok, September 17, 2011. About 821kg (1,810 lbs) of drugs, including methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and opium, worth more than $132 million, were destroyed as the Thai government began its anti-drug campaign, according to the Thai Ministry of Public Health


Thailand incinerated about US$80 million (S$99.3 million) worth of drugs, mainly methamphetamine, from over 130,000 seizures across the country as officials warned there were an increasing number of very young users.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra presided over the drugs burning ceremony at an industrial estate in Ayutthaya, near Bangkok that destroyed 821kg (nearly a ton) of drugs, including about seven million tablets of methamphetamine, also known as yaba.

Quantities of heroin, opium, cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy were also set alight in high temperature furnaces that authorities said would prevent drug fumes from rising into the air.

More than 93,000 people have been treated in rehabilitation centres since October 2010, according to the public health ministry.

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