Bangkok, July 24 2012 – Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung and 6 other government agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, concerning the treatment for drug addicts.
Mr. Chalerm Yubumrung, as National Council on Crime and Delinquency Director, has signed an MoU on drug rehabilitation for 40,000 drug addicts with other 6 government agencies: Public Health Ministry, Ministry of Justice, Department of Corrections, Department of Medical Services, Department of Mental Health, and Office of the Narcotics Control Board in the hope of enhancing the drug rehabilitation system of the country.
He has unveiled the investigative report on drug problems in prisons which indicates that there is a large number of drug victims and dealers in corrections centers. There will be immediate solutions and measures to be enforced to tackle the problem, given it is a national agenda and weakens national securities. He added that the drug addicts will join the rehab program until they have kicked the habit. Reportedly, over410,000 people have already signed in for the program.
However, Mr. Chalerm anticipated that the number of drug addicts is as high as 1 million across Thailand, and insisted that all drug-related agencies will not stop until the problem is solved.