Govt satisfied with progress in drug clampdown along border

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BANGKOK, 30 June 2012  – The government has been content with its drug clampdown policy during the past 10 months. 

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung said during the weekly “Yingluck Government Meets the People” on Saturday that the state-initiated implementation of its drug clampdown policy “7 plans, 4 adjustments’ has been effective along the border area in the North and the Northeast.

Mr. Chalerm said that the state drug clampdown has been focusing on the eradication of drug ingredients, the crackdown on drug abuses and the rehabilitation of drug users.

According to the Deputy PM, during the past 10 months, 57 million methamphetamine pills, 215 kilograms of heroin, 1,132 kilograms of ice, 11,456 kilograms of marijuana and 20 kilograms of cocaine have been confiscated while 500,000 drug users have been put into the rehabilitation process.

Mr. Chalerm stated that the government plans to bring 300,000 drug abusers into the rehab next year.

In addition, the Thai government will be collaborating with other countries where drug ingredients originate to help in the clampdown of narcotics as the UN has stated that there are currently more than 210 million users of drugs across the world and more than 200,000 of them die from drug abuse each year.

The Deputy PM went on to say that the government is determined to strengthen the drug-suppression laws and to open more doors for drug users to return to the society without having to face discrimination as well as to lower the number of days each drug convict has to await the execution from 60 days to 15 days.