Banglamung drug offenders to be sent to military-style rehab center

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Banglamung District will starting taking a harder line against drug users, sending anyone caught using them to military-style “rehabilitation centers,” District Chief Sakchai Taengho told community leaders.

Laying out new policies for the start of the 2015 fiscal year, Sakchai told the 80 community leaders that users will be treated at the Rehabilitation Center Chonburi.

Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho lays out plans for taking a harder line against drug users.Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho lays out plans for taking a harder line against drug users.

The center uses military-style training for drug treatment, as the military government has announced that solving drug problems is a nationwide task and needs to be strictly followed.

As a first step, the district chief had everyone assembled submit to drug testing of their urine.

The government has tapped the National Command Centre for Combating Drugs to enforce standard measures to solve the drug problems.

Its mission is to encourage all provinces to have a Rehabilitation Center to solve drug problems. The centers are for those who are on drugs, addicted or those who just have experimented with drugs to be cleaned up and returned to society.

Community leaders are being encouraged to watch over neighbors, especially youths, to prevent drug use. Those spotted using drugs should be treated at a rehab center, they said.