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Rising drug use in Phuket questions policy

PHUKET: Rising drug use across Phuket has led to increased drug arrests over the past year, Niphan Sirithorn, chairman of the House of Representatives Anti-Money Laundering and Narcotics Commission, was told during his visit to Phuket yesterday (Sept 30).

By The Phuket News

Friday 1 October 2021, 02:05PM

Mr Niphan, an MP of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party from Trang province, was in Phuket to be briefed in person on the drugs situation in Phuket, at a meeting held at Phuket Provincial Hall led by Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Office (Palad) Anupap Yodkwan Yodrabham.

Mr Anupap said that the situation of the drug epidemic in Phuket during the 11 months of fiscal year 2021 (Oct 2020 - Sep 2021) saw increases in the number of drug arrests in Phuket for kratom, crystal meth (ya ice), methamphetamine (ya bah) and marijuana.

Ya ice was seized than any other narcotic, Mr Niphan noted.

“Now the price has dropped, causing more and more people to become addicts,” Mr Niphon said.

“It has become increasingly popular among people of higher status and in the workforce in occupations with relatively high incomes,” he added.

Amphetamine and marijuana use continued to spread, but had declined over the past year, Mr Niphon noted.

“The relevant agencies have continuously monitored, investigated and arrested [drug] sources to prevent the spread of drugs in the area,” he continued.

The rising incidence of drug use has given the commission a reason to review its policy in the war on drugs, Mr Niphon noted.

“In this regard, the Commission has questioned the guidelines for the prevention and suppression of drugs, as well as exchanging information and expressing opinions in order to bring the information to be presented to relevant agencies to solve the problem,” he said.

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Kurt | 02 October 2021 - 10:29:14

Ya Ice becoming more popular among people with higher status and income?
Must be not to difficult to find them on Phuket. But I am sure, Officials don't want to expose colleagues/friends. How many in that meeting ( see photos) could be users? Not understand the use of such meeting. It only create babylonian confusion/misunderstanding as many speak thai dialects.

Kurt | 02 October 2021 - 01:48:41

Nonsense, this process is going on for years already. Anyway, Kratom, and so marijuana can be removed from the list. That gives air in the hypocrite system to facilitate production, even RTP officers smuggle 'flour' to foreign countries, a career move that makes you later in life Minister in Thailand, but the mules, the street sellers feel the full force of the rubber law. 

Madeinswiss | 02 October 2021 - 00:30:30

Now i understand why number for covid are false... Estimation from TAT are completely false.... Too much drug in Phuket u say it right! 


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