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Myanmar's Opium Users Have Few Options

Phone Myint Han has been addicted to opium for eight years. The 26-year-old from Myanmar once attempted to come clean at a state-run facility, one of the few options available to addicts here. But he found little help in a place where he said, addicts were seen as criminals, rather than patients. “It is like a prison,” the 26-year-old recalled of the facility, which is based in the township hospital of Taunggyi. “I went there once and I felt that I didn’t have any freedom.” Failed by...

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