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Offline thaiga

Demand for drugs must be cut
« on: June 30, 2013, 12:08:59 PM »
Large consignments of illegal drugs are being intercepted almost daily, suggesting the growing threat of a drug crisis, anti-narcotics chief Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen has said.

In the eight months from October 2012 to May this year, 83 million methamphetamine pills - also known as "ya ba" - were seized by authorities, along with 265 kilograms of heroin and 1.28 tonnes of crystal meth, also known as "ice". The street value of the drugs confiscated amounts to Bt1.84 billion, while as many as 343,258 people were sent to rehab over that period, Pongsapat said.

New figures recently released also reveal there are up to 1.2 million Thais addicted to drugs - an equivalent of 2.9 per cent of the population - with children as young as five being used to peddle drugs, Pongsapat said.

He conceded that more arrests were only met by an increase in the number of drug smugglers or "mules". Drugs like methamphetamine pills were waiting to be smuggled into Thailand from across a number of different border points, but authorities could not seal all these routes. The only option for police was to try and arrest smugglers before the illegal narcotics reach Bangkok, he said.

"If a consignment of narcotics reaches Bangkok it can quickly be spread to communities that are regarded as dangerous. Ninety per cent of drugs are being smuggled into Thailand from northern border points. Other smuggling routes enter Thailand in the South from Malaysia and Indonesia."

He added that traffickers were also changing their tactics in an attempt to evade authorities, by smuggling drugs to cities near Bangkok - such as Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan. Some were even smuggling drugs into Thailand by air.

Pongsapat said the best way to tackle the crisis was to reduce the demand. "To solve the problem, we must emphasise reducing the demand. This will only succeed with proper campaigns; the dissemination of information and through coordination with local police and communities."

He said that last year alone, 700,000 people had gone through rehab and returned home.

The Narcotics Control Board is also spending Bt10 million to produce an anti-drugs film entitled "Mak" (The Way), which will feature well-known local stars. The production was 80 per cent complete, Pongsapat said.

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Re: Demand for drugs must be cut
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 08:47:00 AM »
I've always admired the Chinese Communist model for drug control... When they first came to power in 1949, they rounded up all the pushers and addicts and sent them out into the countryside to do farming for year and rehabilitation, then sent them back home with stern warnings not to repeat their offenses.  Some time later they made another sweep and again took the offenders out to the countryside... and shot them all.  Problem solved. 
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Demand for drugs must be cut
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013, 02:04:14 PM »


And if there not guilty and have been framed :-[  I would say if they rounded up all the the pushers and addicts

and done that there would always be someone to take there place. But if you get the suppliers all well and good.

UNLESS THERE RICH OR IMPORTANT PEOPLE  :cheers
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Re: Demand for drugs must be cut
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013, 02:08:32 PM »
I've always admired the Chinese Communist model for drug control... When they first came to power in 1949, they rounded up all the pushers and addicts and sent them out into the countryside to do farming for year and rehabilitation, then sent them back home with stern warnings not to repeat their offenses.  Some time later they made another sweep and again took the offenders out to the countryside... and shot them all.  Problem solved.

I think that a past Thai PM tried the latter with some success. It's said that the executives of the action were somewhat over zealous and some personal scores were settled in the name of drug control.
 

 



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