Pattaya anti-drug efforts meet government standards, Chonburi official says

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Pattaya’s drug-eradication policies are consistent with the national government’s, making the city well-prepared to comply with new regulations on the horizon, Chonburi’s deputy governor said.

After hearing a progress report on the city’s anti-drug efforts, Deputy Gov. Adisak Thepass said Pattaya’s narcotics problems are not as severe as other areas of the country, due in large part to cooperation with the community.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh talks about how the city has cut drug problems.Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh talks about how the city has cut drug problems.

“I believe that the drugs issues in Pattaya will not be as severe, as the policies of the administration are consistent with those of the government, including the cooperation from all agencies and citizens, which has resulted in a decrease in drug issues,” he said.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh told Adisak the city has cut drug problems by working with local police to establish random checkpoints, working with the Soi Kophai Community on community-level programs, allocating 65 million baht for communities to develop anti-drug programs under the Mother of the Land Fund, school programs, and providing rehabilitation to drug users.

Later this year, the government plans to introduce additional requirements, including setting up community networks in 80,000 villages, targeting distribution routes, seeking international cooperation, establishing more border checkpoints and focusing on “unity.”