Authorities in Bokeo province organized an event to discuss the harmful effects of drugs with students and young adults on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the International Anti-Drug Day on 25 June.
A total of 300 students attended the event, 100 from Dok Ngiew Kham primary school and 200 from Ton Pheung High School.
Deputy Provincial Governor of Bokeo, Mr. Kheunphet Vongchan emphasized the importance of informing the public of harmful effects of drugs, especially at grassroots level.
During his speech at the event, the deputy governor raised concerns about the detrimental impact of drugs, saying, “it is a serious threat to one’s life, and drugs lead to various crimes that drag down the economic and social development of the country, along with the individual and their family.”
He added, “The Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) have considered the fight against drugs as an important task. We are currently paying close attention to monitor, prevent and suppress drug crimes in the country with the cooperation of the international community.”
The intensified crackdown on drug abuse and trafficking is aimed at ensuring that the country’s drug issues are resolved and eliminated from its society.
The deputy governor also thanked and praised neighboring countries, international organizations, non-government organizations and businesses in Laos and abroad for their cooperation, support and assistance to the Lao government to bring the country’s drug problem under control.
During the event, authorities from the Ministry of Public Security highlighted the cooperation between Bokeo province and the Dok Ngiew Kham Group, which controls 3,000 hectares of land in the Golden Triangle SEZ, for combating drug-related issues, as well as counseling the youth on the harmful effects of drugs.