Ya ba

Ya ba are tablets containing a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine. The illicit use of this drug has become widespread, particularly in South and Southeast Asian countries. The name changed from ya khayan ('hard-working pill') in its early days to ya maa ('horse medicine'), as it was given to horses when pulling carts up steep hills in Shan State. It was named ya ba ('crazy pill') in 1996 and is typically produced in a round pill form measuring roughly 6 millimetres (0.24 in) in diameter.

Listen to this 2018 video about the trafficking of ya ba.

  • Which country (other the Myanmar) is mentioned in the video?

  1. Read the five multiple choice questions below

  2. Identify the keywords to help you keep track in the listening

  3. Identify the differences in the choices for each question

  4. Listen to the video again and choose the correct answer

Ya ba pills;

  1. have a sweet taste

  2. contain good quality methamphetime

  3. taste similar to coffee

Jan Htoi La initially took drugs;

  1. to relax

  2. to be able to sleep

  3. to stay alert

A campaign in May resulted in over 5000 arrests:

  1. of ya ba traffickers

  2. by Bangladesh border officers

  3. of Rohingya

One of the big problems for border security;

  1. is that traffickers are often soldiers or security personnel

  2. is that the border is very long

  3. is that a river is part of the border

The methamphetamine industry is estimated to generate:

  1. 4 billion dollars annually

  2. 14 billion dollars annually

  3. 40 billion dollars annually

When you are ready, enter your answers in the sheet below.


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