Drug prevention, control works promoted in ASEAN

Thursday 18/10/2018 10:44

VGP - A Preparatory ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters (ASOD) for the 6th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters took place in Ha Noi on October 17.

Speaking at the event, head of the Ministry of Public Security’s Drug Crime Investigation Police Department Pham Van Cac referred the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s statistics which showed that there are at least 250 million people, or 5% of the world’s population, who use recreational drugs. 

In East and Southeast Asia, more than three million people use heroin and over 5 million use synthetic drugs.
The Golden Triangle, which covers several ASEAN member states, remain a “hot spot” for opium growing and is emerging as a production centre for the world’s synthetic drugs, he added.

During the Fourth Industrial Revolution, criminals are taking advantage of the development of science and technology to continue criminal activities such as selling drug online through e-payment, which have become big challenges for drug prevention and control forces in the world, including ones in ASEAN. 

The ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters was set up in 2012 and institutionalized in 2015, thus bringing cooperation in drug prevention and control between ASEAN member states to a new height and manifesting their strong commitments in addressing the problem, he asserted.

He suggested ASEAN improve the efficiency and quality of Senior Officials and Ministerial Meetings, keep a close watch on regional and global situations to update and adjust agenda contents and maintain the effective role of consultations and orientations on drug prevention and control policies within the bloc.

The Vietnamese police official also proposed promoting the efficiency of information exchange and processing, and enhancing coordination in investigating and arresting suspects related to drug production, smuggling, and transportation. 

Earlier in 2017, Viet Nam hosted the 38th ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting on Drug Matters in Ha Noi from July 25-27.

By Thuy Dung

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