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24 June 2009 :: 21:06:05 pm 36309

Thailand to Destroy 6 TONNES of Illicit Drugs

BANGKOK, June 24 The Thai government plans to burn more than six tonnes of narcotics worth over Bt9 billion on Friday to mark United Nations International Anti-Drugs Day, while a recent survey shows the Thai public is satisfied with the government‘s measures to eliminate illegal drugs and drug abuse in the kingdom.
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The plan is in compliance with the United Nations’ mandate to eradicate drug use and trafficking, which sees its culmination on June 26 annually.

Dr. Pipat Yingseri, Secretary-General of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said the annual 37th narcotics burning would be presided over by Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai.

The FDA chief said 6,121 kilogrammes of drug including 30.72 million amphetamine pills and 228 kilogrammes of heroin whose street values are estimated at some Bt9.4 billion, will be set ablaze.

The annual anti-drug bonfire is to demonstrate the determination of the Thai government to destroy drugs either produced in or trafficked into Thailand.

Meanwhile, a recent survey conducted by the Assumption University ABAC Poll on the attitude of Thai citizens towards government policy on drug elimination showed the public, community leaders and government officials were satisfied with the government’s actions regarding illicit drugs.

The survey, made of the nationwide focus groups of 1,347 households, 828 community leaders, 1,523 households in municipalities and a number of high-ranking government officials, was conducted between June 10-23.

ABAC Poll Research Centre director Noppadon Kannikar said, according to the survey, 79.8 per cent of local community leaders acknowledged the success of the government policy on drug suppression, but remain concerned that they still see a number of drug addicts and dealers in the communities.

However, Dr. Noppadon said, 80.6 per cent believed that their community leaders, police and narcotics control officials could rid illicit drugs in society, while 68.8 per cent of community leaders believed in the capability of police and administrative officials such as district chiefs and headmen.

Although most of people surveyed were satisfied with the government’s performance in suppressing drug abuse, Dr. Noppadon admitted that they are at the same time uncertain that the government’s anti-drug measures will be seriously completed and will be sustainable. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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