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In Myanmar's Opium-Rich Shan State, Addicts Without Options

Phone Myint Han has been addicted to opium for eight years. The 26-year-old Myanmarese 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 the place where addicts were seen as criminals rather than patients. “It is like a prison,” the 26-year-old says 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 government...

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