People who use Yaba face the same risks as users of other forms of methamphetamine: increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and damage to small blood vessels in the brain that can lead to stroke. Chronic use of the drug can lead to inflammation of the heart mucosa. Overdoses can cause hyperthermia (increased body temperature), seizures and death. People who use Yaba may also have episodes of violent behavior, paranoia, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. Ya ba tablets were sold legally at gas stations and used by truckers to stay awake. The drug was banned by the Thai government in 1970.  That is, with chronic use over time, you may feel compelled to continue using Yaba despite the negative consequences it has on your overall health or lifestyle. Methamphetamine had a long history before it became illegal under the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. Prior to this law, methamphetamine was used during World War II to keep soldiers awake. It was also an ingredient in a number of seemingly random things, like cough syrup. And although its original intention was to keep people alert, it has also been used as a weight loss supplement. But those who use Yaba have also reported other adverse side effects that can worsen over time with chronic drug use.
Although most users administer Yaba orally, those who inject the drug face additional risks, including HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hepatitis B and C, and other blood-borne viruses. The use of Yaba has been linked to a number of side effects, including cardiovascular problems, seizures, overdose and death. Yaba has one nickname too many to follow, but this little red board, whatever it was called, was banned in Thailand in the early 1970s. However, it continues to make headlines from time to time across the country. Here`s everything you need to know about Yaba, the crazy drug. The development and spread of Yaba in the region was opportunistic. As UNODC expert Jeremy Douglas explains, “This is a medicine that is cheap to manufacture and cheap to buy. You introduce it somewhere and develop a market pretty quickly because it`s cheap and very addictive.
With a pill costing only $1 in Cambodia to $5 in Bangkok, the drug is very easy to manufacture if it is in possession of the necessary precursors. “You can hide labs that produce 10,000 tablets an hour anywhere,” he adds. Yaba tablets are usually taken orally. The tablets are sometimes flavored like candy (grape, orange or vanilla). Another common method is to hunt the dragon. Users put the Yaba tablet on aluminum foil and heat it from the bottom. When the tablet melts, the vapors rise and are inhaled. The drug can also be administered by crushing the tablets into powder, which is then snorted or mixed with a solvent and injected. Chiang Rai, an otherwise quiet and sleepy city in northern Thailand, had its share of chaos in April 2017. Mae Chan, a district of the city, has been the scene of a huge drug crisis. Thai police have intercepted one million Yaba pills believed to be en route to Malaysia.
Those responsible face either life imprisonment or the death penalty if convicted of the crime. In the same month, Thai police in Bangkok seized a total of 112,837 Yaba pills. While these are certainly recent cases of someone caught on drugs, it`s not necessarily a new headline in the Land of Smiles. Unlike geographically limited medicinal plants such as opium in Afghanistan, synthetic drugs such as Yaba can be produced anywhere in the world where there are weaknesses in law enforcement and regulation of precursor chemicals. The sustainable and clandestine nature of production also makes it difficult to systematically monitor and evaluate the situation. “Right now, the information base is quite fragmented,” Douglas says. “In some parts of the world, we know it`s there – we just don`t know to what extent it is.” Some Burmese Rohingya refugees are hired by drug traffickers to smuggle Ya Ba from Myanmar to Bangladesh.  In 2016, 359 illegal Burmese were arrested for smuggling Ya-Ba, and Bangladeshi authorities seized up to $29 million from Yaba.  In the 1970s, yaba pills were banned in Thailand. They have appeared in a number of Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines.
Injecting Yaba, for example, can expose you to dangers specifically associated with injection drug use, such as HIV or hepatitis B and C. Because yaba production is not regulated by the state, the drug can sometimes be cut with other drugs such as heroin, which can have toxic effects. If the United States is addicted to fentanyl and heroin, Europe to cannabis, Latin America to cocaine, Arab countries to amphetamines, African countries to cannabis, most Asian countries, including India, to cannabis and opium, neighboring Bangladesh is addicted to the synthetic pleasure drug Yaba. Yaba – a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine sold as cheap red or pink pills – is the current madness among all strata of Bangladesh`s population. It is nicknamed “crazy pill”, “Nazi speed” or “crazy medicine”. Yaba addiction is also one of the fastest growing drug epidemics in the world. It is estimated that there are more than 30 million users in Southeast Asia alone. Yaba is the Thai word for “crazy medicine”, it is known as “shabu” in Japan and Indonesia, “bingdu” in China and “batu” in the Philippines. It is also known as “Chasing the Cherry”. It was formerly called Yama (horse drug) because it was given to horses that pulled huge carts on the steep hills of Myanmar.
It wasn`t until after 1996 that he became known under several slangs, including Yaba (crazy drug) and Kyethi (button). Yaba first appeared in Bangladesh in 2002 and its use and abuse have been on the rise ever since. Illegally produced in industrial quantities in Myanmar, it is smuggled into Bangladesh in the extreme south-east of the country, where the border partly follows the Naf River.