Kophai Community’s anti-drug campaign to be highlighted in film for Queen, PM

Friday, 25 May 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 21 By  Warunya Thongrod

The Office of the Narcotics Control Board will highlight Soi Kophai neighborhood’s success in the campaign against drug abuse in a film to be presented to both HM the Queen and the prime minister.

Kophai Community President Weerat Joijinda announced the ONCB recognition May 11, saying that the neighborhood was one of the few to complete all nine parts of the Mother of the Land Fund project, which seeks to raise awareness and foster self-dependence in battling drug use.

The Office of the Narcotics Control Board film crew shoots the Soi Kophai video. The Office of the Narcotics Control Board film crew shoots the Soi Kophai video.

Once finished, the video - which will also feature efforts by neighborhoods in Chacherngsao, Phetburi, Prajuab Sirikhan, Nakhorn Pathom, and Samut Prakan - will be screened at Government House for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a presentation on the 12,198 Mother of the Land projects underway nationwide. It will then be forwarded to HM the Queen, as the anti-drug campaign and fund is her creation.

Weerat noted the Kophai Community joined the Mother of the Land project in 2008 and launched an active anti-drug effort in 2009.

“Kophai used to be a red zone, an area with severe drug-addiction issues and networks leading to danger to the lives of residents and their property,” he said. “I am proud and happy to see that the residents of the community have cooperated to fight against drugs, making it stronger and more stable today.”

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