Even children take ‘opioids’ if they have stomach ache… North Korea suffers from drug shortage

Opium powder produced by Ranam Pharmaceutical Factory in Chongjin, North Hamgyeong Province. /Photo = Daily NK data photo

North Korea, which is suffering from a shortage of medicines after the border closure due to the corona virus, is reported to have rapidly increased the number of people taking opium and other drugs instead of drugs. Sources say the situation is getting worse, even feeding opium to a child who complained of stomach pain.

According to a Daily NK source from North Pyongan Province on the 12th, residents are taking narcotics such as opium even for mild symptoms such as low fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

Before the border closure, basic medicines such as antibiotics, antipyretics and digestive medicines were available in the market, but now the price of medicines has risen so much that ordinary people with low incomes cannot easily purchase them.

Orthodox, an analgesic imported from China, has risen more than 140% in the first year after the border closure, and most other Chinese imported drugs such as kidney drugs and sleeping pills have risen by more than 130% compared to before the border closure. (▶Shortcut to related articles: Prices skyrocketed due to drug shortage in North Korea… “140% of painkillers ‘pump’”)

Since then, the price has fluctuated by about 1,000 to 2,000 won depending on the degree of import, but the shortage of imported drugs continues.

In recent years, even young children have been exposed to opium. A source said, “Parents easily give opium to their children when they have stomach ache or diarrhea.”

In the past, residents who were unaware of drugs also gave opium to newborns, but the recent shortage of medicines has made opium a substitute for drugs, and the problem of opium misuse among children has become more serious.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths due to drug addiction is also on the rise.

According to a source in Yanggang Province, a man in his 40s who worked as a working group leader at a cooperative farm recently died after showing hallucinations due to drug addiction.

The man’s cause of death was malnutrition, but he suffered from side effects of drugs, such as weight loss and lack of energy for several months before his death due to severe opiate poisoning.

The local security officer also knew that he was a drug addict, but he did not give any warning or punishment because the security guard was receiving bribes in collusion with a cooperative farm.

The North Korean authorities held the 15th plenary session of the 14th Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly last July and revised the Drug Crime Prevention Act, saying, “These are provisions to prevent illegal acts that harm the stability of the international community and the life and health of the people.” was first enacted

Since then, censorship of drug management has been conducted centered on drug factories, chemical factories, and research institutes such as the National Academy of Sciences, which produce and develop drugs, but there is no crackdown on plant-based drugs grown and produced by individuals.

In this regard, the source said, “There is no drug right now, so the use of narcotics is inevitable. How can the state crack down on such a part?


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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