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Government poised to step up fight against drugs: President Tsai

2018/07/21 21:33

Taipei, July 21 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Saturday that her administration is preparing to launch a series of new measures to crack down on drug dealing and prevent the use of illegal substances in Taiwan, particularly among youth.

Speaking at a seminar organized jointly by the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs and Friends of Tsai Ing-wen Association at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, the president said combating drugs is a major element of maintaining social order.

"We must work together in an all-out effort against drugs," she said, adding that there is a growing drug problem on school campuses across Taiwan.

Tsai said that since her administration took office 2016, authorities have seized more than 6,000 kilograms of narcotics per year. Last year alone, authorities raided 55 secret drug-making facilities across the country, she said.

Now the government plans to crack down even harder on drug dealers and will launch initiative to pool the resources of communities, schools and parental associations to form an "anti-drug network" that will help prevent drug dealing and use, she said.

The judicial and administrative branches of the country will also work together toward that goal, Tsai said, stressing that the government is serious about combating drugs in Taiwan.

The government has budgeted an additional NT$10 billion (US$326.6 million) for its anti-drug campaign and plans to amend laws to strengthen drug control and prevention, she said.

"As long as I'm president, the fight against drugs will always be one of the government priorities," Tsai said.

She said that public awareness of drug issues must be increased so that addicts, parents of addicts and other family members will become more willing to seek assistance from the relevant agencies.

The seminar was also attended by members of various non-governmental groups in Taiwan, including the Rotary Club, Lions Club International, Kiwanis Taiwan, Taiwan Junior Chamber, Taiwan Bar Association and the Taiwan Confederation of Trade Unions.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Ko Lin)Enditem/pc