Interior Ministry suggests patriotism can overcome drug abuse

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Interior Ministry officials called on eastern and central region bureaucrats and police to work harder to eliminate drug abuse.

At a Jan. 11 conference at the Ambassador City Hotel, Deputy Prime Minister & Interior Minister Yongyuth Vichaidit and ministry security chief Phranai Suwanrat laid out five directives to provincial and district politicians, police and public-health workers.

Deputy Prime Minister & Interior Minister Yongyuth Vichaidit addresses a conference on ways to control the nation’s drug problems. Deputy Prime Minister & Interior Minister Yongyuth Vichaidit addresses a conference on ways to control the nation’s drug problems.

The directives call for creation or improvement in community-based anti-drug programs, participation in a national drug strategy, the use of patriotism to help overcome drugs, and cooperation from all agencies involved.

Yongyuth said the government has made drug abuse prevention and control a national priority and the conference was aimed at putting regional officials to work together to decide on concrete plans for drug programs.