December 14, 2017

DOWN WITH DRUGS

Fight drug abuse continuously through internal peace process

Vice President U Myint Swe visiting exhibition booth displaying documentary photos on fighting drug abuse in Myanmar. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Myint Swe visiting exhibition booth displaying documentary photos on fighting drug abuse in Myanmar. Photo: MNA

POLICE incinerated seized drugs with a street value of more than Ks66bn (US$ 56.31 million) yesterday, marking the UN international day against drug trafficking and abuse.
Packages set alight contained heroin and marijuana and other precursor chemicals and they were burnt in three cities – Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi.
More than 590 kg of opium, 83.5kg of heroin, 41.8kg of low-grade opium, 123.1kg of marijuana and 10,355,844 stimulant tablets and other drugs and chemical precursors, according to police source.
At the ceremony to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in the Nay Pyi Taw, Vice-President U Myint Swe called for a continuous fight against drug abuse through the internal peace process at the ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
U Myint Swe recounted the achievements in the elimination of drugs through closer cooperation between police forces and the ethnic armed groups that have returned to the legal fold. “The more progress we make in the peace process, the greater the control of drug abuse,” he said.
As a signatory to the international drug control convention, the country is working together with other partner countries by adopting necessary laws.

Police officers incinerating seized drugs at an event to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, outside Yangon June 26, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
Police officers incinerating seized drugs at an event to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, outside Yangon June 26, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

As part of the strategy to deal with the challenges of drug production and use, the country has been engaged in its fourth 5-year drug control plan as of 2014. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in its reports that there was a downward trend in the country’s opium cultivation.
U Myint Swe stressed the need for prevention strategies to reduce The number of youth using drug and also to prevent crimes activities and to target the punishment of major drug dealers and offenders.
U Myint Swe also called for closer cooperation and coordination amongst departments in border areas, describing these areas as major corridors for drug trafficking.
He also suggested programmes for opium-substitute agriculture and livestock as part of rural development, calling for stronger cooperation with international organisations in helping make the world free from drugs.—Myanmar News Agency

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