Prime Minister asks for paying attention to anti-drug activities at grassroots level

March 12, 2023 9:07 AM GMT+7

VGP - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh underlined the need to pay greater attention to anti-drug activities at grassroots level, focusing on high-risk groups while addressing a conference on drug prevention and control on March 10.

Prime Minister asks for paying attention to anti-drug activities at grassroots level - Ảnh 1.

The PM highlighted the Party and State's efforts in designing drug prevention and control mechanisms and policies, including the National Assembly's adoption of the Drug Prevention and Control Law that took effect from January 1, 2022.

Amid the current complicated drug trafficking situation in the world, especially in the Golden Triangle, Viet Nam has actively launched drug raids in major areas, while rolling out effective and synchronous measures against drug trafficking and strengthening international cooperation in the work, he said.

However, the Government leader pointed out that coordination among the administrations at all levels, sectors and agencies in drug prevention and control remains limited, with the wrong thinking of relying entirely on the public security force to do the job.

Pham stressed that drug is a global as well as national problem, so a global approach is needed with close coordination among countries and international organizations, while on the national scale it requires the engagement of the whole political system and people from all walks of life.

The PM ordered ministries, sectors and localities to continue to review and perfect the legal system regarding drug prevention and control, and strengthen international collaboration in the work.

He requested the Ministry of Public Security to concentrate on erasing drug hotspots and tightening the management of drug addicts.

The Ministry of National Defense was asked to closely control the border and work with the Ministry of Public Security to fight drug criminals in land and sea border areas.

The Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Trade and Ministry of Health were told to make proposals on the supplementation and adjustments of legal regulations related to drug prevention and control and the tackling of drug trafficking crimes under the cover of business activities.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs was asked to assess the efficiency of community-based detoxification measures, and the Ministry of Information and Communications was assigned to increase communication activities against drug.

Localities nationwide were also requested to form their own steering committees on drug prevention and control and design their anti-drug plans.

Last year, anti-drug forces from the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Finance brought to light 26,967 drug trafficking cases involving 41,308 suspects, seizing 809 kilos of heroin, 6.1 tons of meths, 867 kilos of marijuana and over one ton of other drugs. The forces erased 460 hotspots and discovered 1,563 establishments allowing drug use during their business./.