|HCM City last Saturday launched a campaign against drugs as part of the Action Month for Drug Prevention called for by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. Source of www.hcmcpv.org.vn |Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — HCM City last Saturday launched a campaign to raise awareness of the fight against drug use following Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc’s instructions to authorities nation-wide to mark Action Month for Drug Prevention this month.
The campaign encourages people to take part in the fight by denouncing drug addicts and drug-related crimes.
At the inaugural ceremony, Lê Minh Tấn, head of the city Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said relevant city agencies and authorities should take steps to prevent drug-related crimes.
They should prevent drug dealing and use in their locality, he said.
They should educate young locals in their locality to stop them from pushing and using drugs, he added.
Trần Ngọc Du, head of the Social Evils Prevention Division, said the city had more than 21,700 drug addicts and the number of young addicts was rising. Many of them used many different kinds of drugs at the same time, he said.
The police have busted 742 drug trafficking and trading cases this year, up from 824 in the same period last year, arrested 1,574 people and seized 222kg of drugs, most of them amphetamine-type stimulants.
The campaign is being organised by the city Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in co-operation with Department of Culture and Sport and the District 12 People’s Committee. —VNS