North Korea and crystal meth. They go together like … like … well, like Britain and tea, apparently.
North Korea is a colossal supplier of a highly potent, moderately priced form of crystal meth, called “ice.”
But inside the hermit kingdom, meth is also making the rounds — very openly and very, very casually.
The LA Times reports this week that meth “is offered up as casually as a cup of tea” in North Korea.
North Koreans say there is little stigma attached to meth use. Some take it to treat colds or boost their energy; students take it to work late. The drug also helps curb appetites in a country where food is scarce.
“If you go to somebody’s house it is a polite way to greet somebody by offering them a sniff,” said Lee Saera, a North Korean in China.
“It is like drinking coffee when you’re sleepy, but ice is so much better.”