Fight on drugs receives great attention from the Party and State: Deputy PM

Saturday, 2017-06-10 10:46:21
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Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaking at a meeting (Photo: VGP)
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has stressed that the fight on drugs always received great attention from the Party and State with drastic measures having been put forward, many of which have gained significant results in ensuring social order and security.

The Government official made the remark while attending a meeting held in the northern province of Bac Giang on June 10 by the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs to mark the Action Month for Drug Prevention and Control.

He recalled that in 1998, the United Nations General Assembly chose June 26 as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in 1998 with a vision of building a drug-free society. Responding to the campaign, the Vietnamese Government Prime Minister in 2011 announced June as the Action Month for Drug Prevention and Control.

As this year’s action month focuses on the theme ‘Joint efforts to support drug addicts’, he asked Party committees and local authorities to fully observe the Party and Government’s documents in the struggle against drugs.

He named various obstacles and shortcomings in the war on drugs, including arising complicated situations of drug stockpiling, transport and trade activities, the production of synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances, as well as the increasing number of drug users, many of which are young people.

He emphasised the need to continue raising awareness on drug crimes and the serious consequences of drugs, particularly among students and young people to encourage a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.

Drug abusers need to receive equal treatment without discrimination and should be supported to reintegrate into the community, he stressed, calling on further support from local businesses and organisation to create more jobs for recovering drug addicts.

He tasked police officers, customs forces, maritime guards and border soldiers to act as key forces in the fight against drugs.