>> Myanmar's untamed border with India, a major supply route for a drug that's got Asia hooked. In recent years, a trickle of cold medicine across the border has become a tyrant, the key ingredient pseudoephedrine used to make methamphetamine, or meth. The popularity of meth is soaring. Rattling governments across the region.
>> I'm Andrew Marshall in Myanmar. About 100 meters behind me is the border with India where every year, factories pump out millions of pills of pseudoephedrine. Much of that is then smuggled across this long and porous border, bound for the meth labs of eastern Myanmar. Now police around here say they want to take on the traffickers, but they lack the resources and man power to do so.
Case in point, this border crossing behind me is completely unmanned.>> Police here have been finding thousand of Indian made cold pills hidden in rice sacks or packed into trucks or busses. But not enough is being done to tackle the smugglers. Across the border in India, the pseudoephedrine in cold pills is controlled but poorly monitored.
It's made in just a few factories, but pilfered at every step to the drug store, as criminals chase higher profits, with few penalties for those who get caught.>> Criminals are motivated with a very focused, a very strong focus on money. They need to move product to make money, and they need to move it fast.
Governments tend to have siloed interest, and they tend to be isolated from each other. Criminals do not have that impediment, they just simply go for it, they look across the border. Their networks often straddle the border and take advantage of the border. Government's really need to take the fact that in this day and age, you cannot isolate yourself in your silo and in your capital, and not collaborate close to where the action actually is.
>> In Myanmar, rapid urbanization is creating the same types of slums that have fueled drug abuse in countries like Thailand and the Philippines. While authorities struggle to block the cross-border drug trade, health experts are bracing for an explosive rise in addiction