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Thailand’s Prayut orders drug crackdown

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Anti-drug award ceremony, photo by National News Bureau of Thailand.

Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered a crackdown on illegal drugs in the country. At an anti-drug award ceremony yesterday, Prayut urged local officials to continue cracking down on drug rings, as well as their financial supporters. However, the PM also stressed that rehabilitating addicts need occupational training to help them rebuild their lives.

Prayut also brought up the need to educate young people about the dangers of drugs. He said there needs to be awareness campaigns to promote drug-free schools and communities.

This news comes after Thai police voiced support for a new approach to drugs in the country last week. Royal Thai Police Deputy Inspector Panurat Lakboon said that there is a nationwide shift to get drug users treatment instead of jail time. He said that programmes to solve drug issues are being introduced in 1,483 communities across Thailand.

Panurat noted that the government is providing 50,000 baht to each community that the project is serving. He said that the budget alone is not enough to provide patients with comprehensive treatment, so it is crucial to work with local networks and leaders to expand the project. He said there are currently 300,000 people imprisoned, and 80% of them are serving drug-related sentences.

Time will tell if Prayut, along with Thai police and other officials, will be successful at controlling Thailand’s drug problems, while providing addicts with recovery.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand

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A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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