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The 2nd Meeting of AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs (AIPACODD) issued a press release approving of the resolution on the Alternative Development toward a Drug-Free ASEAN Community.

Date 14/3/2019

 
The 2nd Meeting of AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs (AIPACODD) issued a press release approving of the resolution on the Alternative Development toward a Drug-Free ASEAN Community.

          On Thursday 14 March 2019 at 15.00 hrs., at Le Meridien Hotel, Chiang Mai Province, Miss Jintanant Chaya Subhamitr, a member of Thai National Legislative Assembly, Head of Thai delegation accompanied by Gen. Surapong Suwana-adth, Chairman of the Sub-committee on Public Relations and Website of AIPACODD Meeting, jointly issued a press release reporting the 2nd meeting of AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs (AIPACODD) that the meeting agreed to the resolution on the Alternative Development toward a Drug-Free ASEAN Community.

         The meeting proceeded with the draft agenda of the meeting by presenting the country reports of AIPA member parliaments, considering the draft resolution, discussing the outcome of the meeting, adopting the meeting report,  closing ceremony, and taking office of the 3rd AIPACODD host country in Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  The draft resolution on the Alternative Development toward a Drug-Free ASEAN Community is integrated all development aspects of communities.  The drug problem solving entitled the Alternative Development is the development of the two example projects – Muang Ang Project and the Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon – of the King’s Philosophy to make the participants understand the alternative development and combat such problem by applying the two projects as the case studies.  This achievement has been consistently implemented by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej for decades.   Like the two examples, the Up Stream, Main Stream and Down Stream Project has also been remarkably successful. Currently, many countries are interested in these courses. Myanmar in particular will introduce such project examples to its parliament.

           According to the report of Thailand in 2018, it is known that at present people addicted to drugs are at the age of 20-24 years and have jobs. The previous seizures are composed of 302 million tablets of Tablet methamphetamine, 18,526 kg. of Crystalline methamphetamine (Ice), 903 kg. of Heroin, and 302 kg. of Ketamine. The synthetic drugs produced in the area of Golden Triangle tend to increase and make the drug smuggling by using Thailand as a transit point to other third countries increased as well.  Heroin and Ketamine are kept an eye on as the tendency of drug users
is children and youth in the past two years. In addition, the narcotic policies were changed by defining a drug user as a patient.  The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Announcement no. 108/2557 provided a drug addict to volunteer for drug user treatment. Also the relevant laws on narcotic were amended to define marijuana used for medical purposes only and imposing strict limitations of access. 

          The 2nd AIPACODD Meeting affirmed that the complete cooperation among ASEAN on Drug-Free ASEAN will lessen the negative impact of society such as reducing illicit drugs crop cultivation, producing and trading other illicit drugs, other drug-related crimes, and having a policy of zero tolernance against any drug usages for non-medical and science matters. Thus the alternative development was considered for a significant principle of policies and programs for reducing the illicit drug production and trade by promoting career with business license for long-term economic sustainability starting from the communities cultivating illicit drug crops. This will be the guideline on reducing such illicit drugs crop cultivation to make each community brought in its own technical specialists for the alternative development course.  It is believed that the competency of AIPA member parliaments would contribute dramatically to the people’s well-being of each community.   The regional and national policies, and law enactment of the alternative development to achieve goals for eliminating threat from illicit drug crops and drugs in ASEAN Community would be enhanced by the governments and AIPA.

          In this regard, we would like to call upon member parliaments and international organizations to promote cooperation on the exchange of alternative development information, best practice and innovation to combat illicit drugs leading to the impact on local people’s well-being. We also would like to urge AIPA member parliaments to study the preventive enforcement of law, treatment and rehabilitation, research including cooperation at region level for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

          On this occasion, we would like to thank all delegates from AIPA member parliaments, senior officials from ASOD, UNODC in Chiang Mai Province, Office of the Narcotics Control Board, Royal Project Foundation, and all agencies directly involving in hosting this meeting and actively participating in the meeting. We strongly believe that the satisfactory outcome of this meeting will have an effect on Drug-Free ASEAN Community.  This is the absolutely spectacular success of the National Legislative Assembly as the host of meeting for preventing our region from drugs menace.

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Written by Press Relations Division, Bureau of Public Relations
Translated by English Division, Bureau of Foreign Languages
The Secretariat of the House of Representatives
 
Sub-committee on Public Relations and Website of AIPACODD Meeting
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https://www.parliament.go.th/aipacodd2019/


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