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Party Secretariat calls for action against drug crimes

Update: April, 16/2014 - 09:52
The campaign should predominantly target high-risk groups, including young people, students and people in remote areas, the statement said.— Photo baogialai

HA NOI (VNS)— The Secretariat of the Party Central Committee has required Party organisations and local authorities across the country to intensify their efforts to combat drug crimes in line with the Politburo's Instructive No 21/CT-TW issued in 2008.

Issuing a statement on Monday, the Secretariat said it was necessary to consider drug prevention as an urgent task that required the involvement of the whole political system and the community.

The document also highlighted the need for Party organisations at all levels to give clear and stringent directions to achieve the aims set forth in the National Drug Control Strategy in Viet Nam to 2020, with a vision to 2030.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly, people's councils and socio-political organisations have been urged to enhance their supervision of these efforts.

Campaigns to raise awareness of the harmful effects of drugs, especially synthetic drugs and addictive substances, also need to be further enhanced, the statement said. The campaign should predominantly target high-risk groups, including young people, students and people in remote areas, the statement said.

The quality of detoxification centres should be addressed under the directive, while expanding community-based rehabilitation models and consulting services to support addicted users, to roll out methadone therapy.

Efforts to prevent drug smuggling into Viet Nam, especially in border localities, international airports and sea ports should be intensified, as should the detection and closure of drug-producing facilities and the eradication of poppy cultivation areas.

The efforts are aimed to run alongside improvements in the legal system on drug prevention and the mobilisation of forces to fight illicit drug abuse and trafficking.

Viet Nam would also focus on promoting cooperation with countries with shared borders, those with experience tackling drug production and supply and international and non-governmental organisations, as it looks to combat drug-related crimes. — VNS


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