Women in an opium poppy field in South Shan, Myanmar [UN Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific/Al Jazeera]

The amount of land being used to grow opium poppies continues to decline in Myanmar, but ongoing conflicts are hampering efforts to stamp out the trade at a time when the illicit drug economy is becoming increasingly diverse, according to a new UN report.

Some 37,300 hectares of

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