Suthep to call meeting on narcotic suppression

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BANGKOK, 18 April 2011 (NNT) – Deputy Prime Minister overseeing security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban has prepared to convene for a major session to deal with narcotic drugs within the kingdom.

Mr Suthep stated that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva assigned him to call a meeting of relevant units within the next few days in order to hand down operational policy which emphasizes personnel increase and the existing strategy on narcotic suppression.

The deputy prime minister elaborated that the so called ‘Five Fences Strategy’ of the government should be carried on and followed up continuously.

The strategy is aimed at controlling drug use and related crimes as well as reducing the number of drug users, drug traffickers and those prone to drug abuse. The five fences cover drug suppression and prevention along the border, in society, communities, and schools as well as treatment to addicts.

Mr Suthep boasted that narcotic spread within the country has been reduced as a consequence of the aforementioned measures. He said the authorities are suppressing narcotic drugs, protecting people from drugs and providing treatment for drug abusers at the same time