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27 May 2011 :: 13:05:51 pm 54109

Drug use spreads in Thailand’s central provinces: Police

BANGKOK, May 26 – Drug use is spreading in Thailand's central provinces where most of the country's drug addicts, 35 per cent of users nationwide, are staying, Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Pol Lt-Gen Worapong Chewpreecha said today.
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Gen Worapong conceded that severe drug use was spreading in five provinces adjacent to the capital and that the areas are under the responsibility of Provincial Police Region 1.

The commissioner convened a meeting with 300 officials from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, military officers, administrative officials, and public health officials.

He said the number of drug addicts in this area accounts for 35 per cent of all drug addicts in the country and said it is urgently needed to bring the addicts to rehabilitation programmes to help them stop using drugs. The police have targeted to heal 10,000 drug addicts in the six months from April 1 through September 30.

Meanwhile, suppression measures will focus on arresting drug retailers in Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom and Samut Sakorn provinces where a large number of migrant workers from narcotics-production sources in neighbouring countries are staying.

The police will speed up to eradicate the problem and to track major drug dealers.

Legal and disciplinary action will be taken against some police officers and government officials who are involved in the drug trade, he said.

Provincial Police Region 1 covers the central provinces of Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Nonthaburi, Saraburi, Lop Buri, Ang Thong, Chai Nat and Sing Buri. (MCOT online news)

Report by : MCOT

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