Getting high in the drug-riddled mountains of Laos

In a hut on the top of a fog-licked mountain in northern Laos, Vo Pali is getting high.
His poison is opium, a sap extracted from poppies grown illegally by the poor hill tribes in the Communist state’s rugged, inaccessible uplands.
“I smoke three times a day,” the 60-year-old ethnic Hmong villager says in a barely audible rasp of his 30-year habit.
“It has damaged my life. I have no income. But I get sick without it.”
The talk tails off as he loads up his first…