Cambodia To Launch First Campaign Against Illicit Drugs

The Royal Government of Cambodia will launch the first campaign against illicit drugs on Jan. 1, 2017, to prevent all disasters caused by illicit drugs so as to maintain security, public order and social safety in the country.

The fight against illicit drugs is a complicated issue which requires contribution from all social components, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng while presiding over the dissemination meeting on anti-drug campaign plan at the National Institute of Education on Dec. 22.

Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng also laid stress on the efforts and attention of the RGC and competent authorities at all levels to the prevention and crackdown on drug cases throughout the country many years ago with remarkable results. "Cambodia has maintained her good reputation of not being a drug producing country or a drug source," he underlined.

National Police Commissioner General Neth Savoeun said drug circulation and trafficking in the country has not decreased yet. In 2016, he added, competent authorities cracked down on 4,191 drug cases, arresting some 9,800 suspects and seizing over 175 kilogrammes of drugs.

There are currently about 18,554 drug addicts in Cambodia, according to General Neth Savoeun.

The upcoming campaign against illicit drugs will last for six months, from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2017.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press