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Thailand Urgently Addresses Drug Problem with Comprehensive Strategy

The government is urgently addressing Thailand’s drug problem through a comprehensive strategy focusing on suppression, treatment, rehabilitation, and care.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has identified drug proliferation, especially among the youth and working population, as a critical issue that undermines the nation’s strength. Government Spokesperson Chai Wacharonke emphasized the Prime Minister’s commitment to resolving this problem, highlighting the importance of a multi-faceted approach involving various agencies and local communities.

The “Suppression, Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Care” initiative involves provincial governors coordinating efforts with the police, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), other government agencies, and local communities. The ONCB will serve as the strategic commander, setting challenging goals, Key Performance Indicators, and ensuring that provinces have the necessary support and resources. Governors and provincial police commanders are expected to work closely together to implement these measures.

A key component of the initiative includes comprehensive “X-ray” inspections in communities, requiring urine tests for all individuals aged 16 and above. Those identified as drug users will be sent for rehabilitation. The Royal Thai Police, Ministry of Justice, ONCB, and Ministry of Defense will intensify efforts to arrest drug sellers and dismantle drug networks.

The Ministry of Public Health will classify users by severity, providing appropriate treatment and ensuring sufficient rehabilitation facilities. The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, along with the Ministry of Labor, will support vocational training and job placement to help prevent relapse.

Education-related agencies will develop measures to monitor and instill new values in youth, aiming to keep them drug-free. This multi-agency, community-focused approach reflects the government’s commitment to tackling the drug problem and strengthening the nation’s social fabric.

In addition to these efforts, provincial governors and local authorities are expected to engage actively with community leaders and residents to ensure the initiative’s success. By fostering a collaborative environment, the government aims to create a sustainable solution to the drug problem, ensuring the safety and well-being of all citizens.

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