In 2008, security agencies seized 36,000 methamphetamine pills, also known as yaba pills, in Bangladesh.
In 2012, the number of yaba seized increased to nearly 2 million, according to the Department of Narcotics Control.
At a drug addiction rehab center in Bangladesh, heroin abusers consisted of 80 percent of all clients up until 2011. As of 2012, up to 70 percent of the center’s drug addicts were yaba users.
Source: Kate Hodal, “Meth drug makers lure children in Thailand with sweet-coated yaba pills,” Guardian, August 27, 2013.