Crystal Meth Is the Hottest Gift in North Korea This Lunar New Year

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For many, Lunar New Year festivities signify a chance to spend time with family, indulge in decadent feasts, and exchange some heartfelt gifts. Those gifts can vary from red envelopes full of cash right through to tea, clothing, or cans of spam. But for people in North Korea, it’s meth.

North Korean citizens have been giving crystal meth to one another as a gift, as part of a custom that’s becoming increasingly popular, according to The New York Times. “Pingdu,” as it’s known among locals—the Korean version of the Chinese word for “ice drug”—is apparently a popular present when it comes to birthdays, graduations, and “holidays such as the Lunar New Year.” And while ….

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