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Thailand funds drug centre

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Prisoners at Prey Sar prison KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Thai government, on Friday at the Interior Ministry, provided Cambodia with 38 million baht ($1.1M) to construct the treatment centre for drug addicts.

General Prajin Juntong, Thai deputy prime minister presented the donation to Kao Khon Dara, acting chairman of the National Authority for Combating Drugs and its general secretary, General Meas Vyrith.

In the meeting General Prajin asserted Thailand’s support and cooperation because the drug abuse and drug-related crimes affect and concern both countries.  He reassuringly said that the Thai government will continue to help Cambodia in this matter

“The government is constructing the national centre … on 20 hectares of land in Preah Sihanouk province,” Mr Vyrith said.

Mr Vyrith appealed to the Cambodian youth to stay away from drugs, and to the parents to be watchful because he has observed a 51 percent rise in drug arrests (10% of them women) compared to the same time period in 2016.

Mr Khon Dara said are more than 20,000 addicts in the Kingdom, and “The government hopes that the national centre, after completion, will have a positive effect on the victims of the drug abuse.”

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