The National Authority for Combatting Drugs yesterday held a workshop to educate more than 1,000 members of the armed forces on the dangers of drug abuse in Kampong Speu province.
General Meas Vyrith, NACD secretary-general, said this was the first of a series of workshops in its campaign this year to educate RCAF officers and civil servants across the Kingdom on drug abuse and drug laws.
Presiding over the workshop attended by 1,200 RCAF members at the military school in the province, Gen Vyrith said it was important to educate military personnel about the dangers of drug use.
“We came to tell them about the laws and the risks of drug use in order to prevent them from becoming involved with drugs,” he said. “We advised them not to be swayed by friends into using drugs.”
Gen Vyrith thanked Defence Minister General Tea Banh for facilitating such events to educate soldiers.
“The campaign’s success depends on the participation of all of us,” he said. “Drug abuse that has happened in any unit, that unit needs to take action to curb it.”
“If the problem cannot be solved at the unit level, the officers in charge should forward the matter to the higher authorities,” he added.
Gen Vyrith said the NACD also plans to hold similar workshops to educate civil servants, noting that each ministry should also do its part to disseminate information about drug abuse to officials.
He said that the workshop is part of the government’s overall anti-drug fight in line with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s instruction to civil servants and members of the armed forces to seek moral education in a bid to reduce drug abuse amongst them.
Mr Hun Sen last month said he was concerned about drug crimes being committed by students, civil servants and members of the armed forces and urged them to seek moral education.
According to Gen Vyrith, authorities have cracked down on 2,166 drug cases, arrested 4,689 suspects and seized 322 kilograms of all kind of drugs so far this year.
According to a recent NACD report, authorities last year cracked down on more than 8,000 drug cases and seized 533 kilograms of drugs.