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Youth leaders recruited in Phuket anti-drugs campaign

Youth leaders recruited in Phuket anti-drugs campaign

PHUKET: Local officials are looking to young people themselves to carry the message into local communities as the latest effort in the so-called ‘War on Drugs’.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 15 December 2022, 12:05PM

A total of 100 young adults from 13 to 29 years old have been selected to take part in various activities over three days, from Dec 14-16, as part of their training to help prevent drug problems in their areas.

The project is a joint campaign by the Phuket Provincial Administration Office, headed by the Phuket Governor; the Phuket Provincial Defense Committee; the Center for Non-formal Education and Informal Education in Phuket; and all three District Offices on the island.

The campaign aims to help build “immunity” against drugs in communities and strengthen the family unit with participants from throughout the communities themselves, explained Phuket Vice Governor Anupap Rodkwan Yodrabam at the Center for Non-formal Education and Informal Education in Phuket Town on Tuesday (Dec 14).

The project, titled ‘Village/Community Network Project Against Drug Abuse’, is in line with the national government’s policy to reduce the severity of the drug problem, Vice Governor Anupap said.

The Department of Provincial Administration, under the Ministry of the Interior, has been assigned to prevent drug use among people of at-risk age, he said.

“The community has become aware of the drug problem, and this aims to reduce and prevent new drug-related cases,” he added.

Present for the event on Tuesday was Lt Gen Natthaphong Yanothaikhachit, Deputy Director of the Phuket branch of ISOC (Internal Security Operations Command), which serves as the political arm of the Thai military.

Akara Suwattikul of the Phuket Provincial Defense Office that the ‘2023 Drug Prevention and Suppression Action Plan’ entailed six main strategies, including international cooperation,

suppression and law enforcement, drug use prevention, treatment and a slew of integrated projects with a total of 41 “approaches”, comprising 63 action plans in total.

“The Department of Provincial Administration is focusing driving solutions to the drug problem and reducing the severity of the problem according to the national strategy to lead to actual results,” Mr Akara said.

“‘Thai society is safe from drugs’ is a framework for managing, coordinating, allocating resources and supervising, monitoring and evaluating all agencies involved in transforming the drug prevention and suppression action plan of 2023. into clear and concrete action,” he said.

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Kurt | 16 December 2022 - 18:48:07

Kaaskoff has no idea how anti drugs offensive happens in Caribean. A combination of radar observation,  helicopters and coastguard boats. And they catch a lot. More than a few kaaskoff GUES.  Phuket can learn from that. Seems kaaskoff doesn't like that.

DeKaaskopp | 16 December 2022 - 15:37:53

@Kurt   If you think catching a few boats from Venezuela would change something over there, then you are a hopeless dreamer. And how many Navy patrol boats would it take to search all vessels around Phuket ? Ridiculous advices as usual !

Kamala Pete | 16 December 2022 - 12:47:15

Mixed messages to youngsters here. Your government says that marijuana is ok to use - but just don't use it!! 

Kurt | 16 December 2022 - 10:41:16

A great effort to make youth aware of health consequenses about use of drugs. To fight a local ' War on Drugs' has to start with preventing/fighting drugs to reach Phuket island. Start at base of the problem. Sniff dogs at airport and bridges, Navy patrol boats around the island to intercept/search vessels, like so succesfull in Caribean, many transports from Venezuela catched.

JohnC | 16 December 2022 - 09:16:50

If you want to fix Thailand's biggest drug problem then concentrate on alcohol abuse. More violence, accidents, deaths and misery comes from it than anything else and it is of course legal. Same problem in just about every country that allows alcohol.


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