Nation observes International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Vice  President Dr Sai Mauk Kham views round documentary photos on anti-drug campaign.
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham views round documentary photos on anti-drug campaign.

Myanmar observed the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking under the theme “Let’s Develop Our Lives, Our Communities and Our Identities Without Drugs” here on Friday.
Speaking at the celebration, Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham said the fight against narcotic drugs as a national concern.
Myanmar has been a signatory to three United Nations Conventions on international drug control.
The country’s measures to control drug abuse and illicit trafficking include the elimination of drug production and usage, and crackdowns on drug dealing, the vice president said.
The 15-year drug control plan from 1999 to 2014 was carried out in 51 townships, resulting in an 80 percent decrease of poppy cultivation in seven years. However, the percentage rose again after 2006, especially in remote areas, with the vice president blaming difficult accessibility and regional instability for the surge.
He also talked about the government’s five-year plan from 2014 to 2019 aimed at curbing drug abuse and illicit trafficking in line with the ASEAN declaration on a Drug-Free ASEAN 2015.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has resolved to achieve a drug-free ASEAN by 2020.
According to the report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2014, there was a gradual drop in poppy cultivation in the country.
The World Drug Report 2014 estimated that the number of people between 15 and 64 using illicit drugs stood between 16 million and 35 million worldwide.
The Ministry of Health works together with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement to run rehabilitation centres as part of its effort to provide systematic treatment for users.
Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Ko Ko presented awards to winners of the literary competition held in commemoration of the international day.
From 2013 to 2014, Myanmar destroyed over 15,188 hectares of poppies being cultivated across the country, while seizing millions of kyat in crackdowns on drug dealing in 2014.

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