Chonburi drug-prevention program to expand to 3 Pattaya neighborhoods

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Chonburi’s Narcotics Prevention Bureau will spend 2 million baht to expand its drug-suppression campaign in Pattaya and Sriracha.

At its June 8 meeting at Pattaya City Hall, the bureau reviewed results from its network to provide public access to those involved with drugs, including children as young as 11. Lt. Col. Peerapong Loisai-Or said that the ability of the police to find the whereabouts of drug users in the community is a major goal of the program.

(L to R) Wirat Noijinda, head of the Khopai Community, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Alliance Network President Niran Junwiset discuss drug prevention measures with community leaders. (L to R) Wirat Noijinda, head of the Khopai Community, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Alliance Network President Niran Junwiset discuss drug prevention measures with community leaders.

The network provides community leaders a way to communicate with police to provide information on the behavior of youth in their communities, he said.

Alliance Network President Niran Junwiset said the program has already seen positive results in the Krathinglai neighborhood, which has seen a reduction in the number of drug consumers very quickly.

The current 1 million baht program will be expanded to the Kophai and Soi Post Office neighborhoods with the total budget aimed at jumping to 2 million baht. The Krathinglai program also will be expanded from its current pilot status to a full program.