Southeast Asian methamphetamine trade doubles between 2013 and 2019

The methamphetamine trade in southeast Asia has increased substantially since 2013 when it was estimated to be worth $15bn. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that trade in methamphetamines is now worth between $30bn and $60bn. The move towards methamphetamine trade and away from opiate cultivation has been attributed to methamphetamine’s relatively simple production requirements which are not reliant on weather and that are easier to hide from authorities.