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Southeast Asia must unite to tackle its drug problem

Seizures will not end the trade, no matter how large

| Myanmar
A police officer explains about seized illegal drugs during a destruction ceremony  outside Yangon on June 26.   © AP

Richard Horsey is a Myanmar-based political and conflict analyst, and Jeremy Douglas is the regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

When the world was coming to terms with the coronavirus pandemic between February and April, Myanmar staged one of the largest anti-drug operations in Asian history.

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