UNODC proposes measures to improve drug prevention in VN

Friday 26/06/2020 16:14

VGP - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has proposed recommendations to improve drug prevention and control works in fields of the reduction of supply, demand and consequences in Viet Nam. 

Program Specialist UNODC Viet Nam Country Office Nguyen Minh granted an interview in response to the Action Month for drug prevention and control (June 26). 

Methamphetamine seized in 2019 in East Asia and Southeast Asia set a new record of 115 tons in 2019, she said, referring that Viet Nam has become the destination and transit site for synthetic drug, including methamphetamine and ketamine.

The Vietnamese Government has enhanced efforts in drug prevention and control, especially struggling against drug trafficking, she said, adding that the UNODC acknowledges and speaks highly of Viet Nam’s sharing of information and provision of support for the Philippines in suppressing large drug trafficking cases. 

She highlighted that drug trafficking in Viet Nam has fast changed from heroine into methamphetamine and other synthetic drug. 

Besides activities to limit drug supply, she stressed that Viet Nam has actively launched activities to reduce drug supply and consequences, asserting that the Methadone and Buprenorphine treatment program has provided treatment for 54,000 patients. 

The nation has piloted Methadone treatment program in prison successfully, she confirmed. 

Regarding the effectiveness of operation of the Border Liaison Office (BLO) network, Minh said that Viet Nam has joined the BLO in the Mekong Region since 2001, adding that thanks to the support of the UNODC, 19 BLOs have been established. 

In 2019 only, the UNODC coordinated with the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes organized training courses to improve capacity for 160 officials and provide technical assistance for BLOs in Viet Nam. 

The BLO has played a crucial role in enhancing cooperation between sectors and nations in addressing risks of trans-national crimes in general and drug traffickers in the region in particular. 

The BLO has helped review and process information collected from neighboring and border areas, sharing information between internal and external related sides. 

With the effective cooperation of the BLO, Viet Nam has uncovered and handled large drug trafficking cases over the recent years.  

In the upcoming time, the UNODC will continue supporting and joining hands with Vietnamese agencies and localities to set up prevention, care and treatment programs for drug users through comprehensive, volunteering and community-based intervention models. 

The UNODC will also help Viet Nam expand the BLO network, establish three more BLOs in Gia Lai, Quang Binh and Cao Bang provinces in 2020.

By Thuy Dung 

 

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