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Published: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:12:02 -0800

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Thailand: Drug Woes 'Need New Approach'

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Bangkok Post, 05 Jan 2017 - New Justice Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana shied away from recommendations by his predecessor Gen Paiboon Koomchaya to de-criminalise amphetamines, marijuana and krathom. (File photo by Thanarak Khunton) Thailand should adopt an integrated approach to tackle the problems of drug abuse and addiction, Justice Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana says.

Thailand: Foreigners Arrested, Coke, Crystal Meth, Ecstasy Seized

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Bangkok Post, 28 Dec 2016 - Narcotics suppression police question Francis Mukwamba, a Zambian passport holder whose real nationality is uncertain, at a hotel room in Sukhumvit area of Bangkok on Dec 26. (Photo taken from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau Facebook page) Two foreign nationals were arrested after 4kg of cocaine were found in their bags when they arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport from Africa and a third, their alleged contact, was later apprehended at a city hotel.

Thailand: Justice Minister Suggests Using Article 44 to

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Nation, 30 Aug 2016 - JUSTICE MINISTER General Paiboon Koomchaya is willing to propose that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha invoke Article 44 of the interim charter to downgrade the amphetamine drug known as "yaba" to a narcotics category two drug, provided that the Public Health Ministry has a proper system to combat drug abuse. Public Health permanent secretary Dr Sopon Mekthon said he was ready to respond accordingly if the government revised its policy to regulate the drug. He said doctors could not prescribe 'yaba' for medical treatment while it remained a category one drug. Category two drugs can be used legally with a doctor's prescription. Downgrading the category of the drug could address addiction issues, officials have said, because the current designation as a category one drug carries severe penalties that can deter users from seeking treatment.

Thailand: Drug Policy Must Change, Says Paiboon

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Bangkok Post, 19 Aug 2016 - Thailand is on the wrong track in its efforts to address drug problems and it is time to treat drug abuse as a health issue rather than a crime, says Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya. Speaking at the "Thailand's Drug Policy Revisited" forum held by the Thailand Institute of Justice, Gen Paiboon said the high number of drug offenders and widespread drug abuse in communities shows the drug policy is failing.

Thailand: A Failing Drug War Triggers New Approach in Thailand

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Straits Times, 06 Aug 2016 - BANGKOK In a backroom heavy with sawdust, Mr Akkarin Puri, 33, carefully examines the veneer of a half-finished guitar. There was a time when the craftsman's attention was more focused on inhaling the vapours from a pill of yaba - a methamphetamine - heated over a flame.

Thailand: Bangkok Rethinks Its War On Drugs

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 18 Jul 2016 - BANGKOK - Somsak Sreesomsong was 18 when he was jailed for selling illegal drugs. Now, turning 30, he is not yet half way through his 33-year sentence at Bangkok's high-security Klong Prem prison. Somsak was "just a kid, not a big-time dealer," his older brother Panit told Reuters after a visit to the jail. "We're also serving time, waiting for him to get out so he can help the family."

Thailand: Thailand to Stress Rehab Over Jail for Drug Users

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Straits Times, 16 Jul 2016 - Move targets marijuana use amid prison population boom; some drugs may be reclassified for controlled use Marijuana or methamphetamine users in Thailand may get rehabilitation rather than jail under broad changes to the country's narcotics policy. The kingdom is reviewing its zero-tolerance approach, which has caused its prison population to balloon without actually controlling the proliferation of illicit drugs.

Thailand: OPED: Confronting The 'Meth Monster'

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Bangkok Post, 07 Jul 2016 - Thai experts have rightly commented on the value of treatment and health-centred approaches. While it may always be best to be prudent when commenting on the domestic affairs of another country, there are times when issues become far too important to stand silently by and politely observe such custom - the current debate on laws governing methamphetamine use in Thailand is one of those occasions.

Thailand: Meeting Mulls Decriminalising Meth

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Nation, 23 Jun 2016 - Paiboon Ready to Transfer Drug Rehab Function to Public Health Ministry JUSTICE Minister Paiboon Koomchaya is ready to transfer drug rehabilitation function completely to the Public Health Ministry.