Speaking on Monday at a workshop on drug suppression evaluation and plans, Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board Deputy Secretary-General Permpong Chaovalit acknowledged that his office has reached its target over the past two years by seizing three tonnes of crystal methamphetamine or “ice” and 180 million methamphetamine pills and brought more than 700,000 addicts to rehabilitation.
However, Permpong said, narcotic supplies in Thailand have kept expanding, resulting from the underestimation of illicit drugs smuggled into the country. According to the ONCB deputy chief, his office will, next year, actively convince communities to fight against narcotics and to ask nearby countries to help suppress illicit drugs.
The ONCB deputy chief noted that a narcotics control office of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be set up in Thailand in the near future, and that his office will also seek cooperation from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for better drug suppression.
In June, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has expressed the Government’s determination to suppress narcotics in the year 2013 by adhering to legal principles, respect of human life and making strict use of the law.
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