BANGKOK, 29 January 2012 – The government of Thailand is determined to eradicate illegal drug business in the country as much as possible within a year’s time while preparing to open a special prison for drug-related convicts.
Deputy Prime Minister, Police Captain Chalerm Yubumrung, said during the weekly ‘Yingluck government meets people’ on Saturday, that the current government has made the drug eradication a national agenda and planned to launch all measures to get rid of drug precursors and intercept cross-border drug trade.
The deputy prime minister filled in for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is now attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
According to Police Captain Chalerm, who is also Director of the National Command Center for Drugs, the government is planning to offer rehabilitation programs for those in need, launch anti-drug awareness campaign and collaborate with neighboring nations to clamp down on illegal drugs.
Moreover, all night entertainment venues will be asked to help tackle drug dealing.
The DPM said that, with all measures in place, the government hopes to eradicate drugs in Thailand as much as possible within one year.
Concerning prison drug dealing, Police Captain Chalerm revealed that drug-related convicts will be detained separately at a special jail, where guards will be carefully selected and appointed to watch over them. He added that a prison in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima will be the pilot location for this measure.
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