DPM proposes drug eradication as regional agenda

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SAKON NAKHON, 29 April 2012  – Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung has pointed out that the achievement of the goal to eliminate drugs requires an efficient coordination between administrative authorities and the police, while adding that drug eradication should be promoted as a regional agenda. 

During his visit to deliver drug prevention and suppression policies to local authorities in Sakon Nakhon province, Deputy Prime Minister Pol. Capt. Chalerm Yubumrung has reiterated that the fight against drugs is a pressing national agenda, which must be achieved promptly. He explained that the suppression of drugs cannot be fulfilled by the government alone. However, the main players in drug suppression, which include provincial governors, local administrative officials and police officers must work together to closely monitor the situation and efficiently solve the problem. In the meantime, a rehabilitation program should be carried out for those who need it, alongside drug suppression measures.

Besides being a national agenda, the Deputy PM also stressed that drug eradication should become a regional agenda. Thailand must coordinate with China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to stop drug trafficking along the borders. Serious penalties must be applied to both drug traffickers and drug users.

Pol. Capt. Chalerm stated currently Udon Thani and Kalasin have been piloted as model provinces in drug fighting.