A drug addict smokes opium with a bamboo pipe.
The whole Palaung area is plagued by the scourge of addiction to drugs such as opium, heroin and yabaa (methamphetamine). In some villages, addiction rate can reach 90% within the male population.

A heroin addict shoots up in a field in Lashio.

A miner collects used syringes which miners used to inject heroin at a jade mine dump at a Hpakant in Kachin state, Myanmar November 29, 2015. Narcotics addiction is rife among the gem scavengers or “handpickers” who flock to the northern township of Hpakant, producer of some of the world’s highest quality jade, in hopes of finding lumps of the precious stone overlooked by big miners. Picture taken November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun – RTX1YRZQ