U.N. Drug Official Urges Laos crack down on Opium!

U.N. Drug Official Urges Laos crack down on Opium!
Posted by FoM on February 24, 1999 at 08:00:20 PT

Vientiane, LaosForeign tourists are flocking to Laos, but many of them may be there to smoke opium.A top U-N drug official says there are more and more reports of so-called opium tourists. He says they're mostly Westerners in their 20's and 30's. 
The U-N official wants the Laotian authorities to crack down on the opium smokers. He says they don't buy all that much of the drug, but they do set a bad example for young people in Laos. The country's tourism authority reports the number of foreign visitors to Laos in was 460-thousand in 1997 -- up from 14-thousand in 1990. Laos is one of the world's largest producers of opium, part of the notorious Golden Triangle. 
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Comment #1 posted by Amy on April 17, 2000 at 08:26:12 PT:
Golden Triangle
Hi,I am planning to visit to country of Laos. I am intersested in finding out more history on the Golden Triangle route. I would like to walk the route if that is possible. If you could send me any information that would be greatly appreciated.Thank you,Amy
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