A total of 227 million methamphetamine pills were seized in East and Southeast Asia last year, according to the report. That is 59 per cent more than a year earlier and more than seven times more than in 2008, when only 31 million were seized.
Last year, most of these pills were seized in China, where seizures increased by 25 per cent to 102 million pills from a year earlier.
In comparison, heroin seizures were relatively constant, increasing by only 2.9 per cent to 7.2 million tons. While heroin and other opiates-related arrests in China were also relatively stagnant at more than 48,000 last year, meth-related arrests have surged 68 per cent last year from a year earlier to more than 75,000, according to the report.
Pretty soon we might even seeing it replacing heroin as the flavoring of choice in certain Guangzhou restaurants.