ONCB Thailand hosted the 6th ASEAN Drug Monitoring Operational Workshop

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Wednesday 4th of July 2018

ONCB Thailand hosted the 6th ASEAN Drug Monitoring Operational Workshop

               On 10 July 2018, the 6th ASEAN Drug Monitoring Operational Workshopwas opened by Mr. Wichai Chaimongkhon, Deputy Secretary-General, NCB. The workshop was held during 10-12 July 2018 at the Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort and Doi Tung Lodge Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai Province and was attended by 100 representatives from ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Secretariat, the Substance Abuse Academic Network of Thailand and the ONCB.

               The ADMN workshop is one of the projects under the ASEAN Narcotics Control Cooperation Center or ASEAN-NARCO. The main purposes are to exchange the narcotic information among the ASEAN Member States, to review and finalize the ASEAN Drug Monitoring Report 2017 that is the third report of the ASEAN region. This report will be published and presented at the 39th ASOD Meeting in Brunei Darussalam. Moreover, ASEAN Member States also discussed the ADM Report System that was jointly developed to key-in the data to the system on ASEAN-NARCO website for analyzing drug situation in ASEAN Member States, and producing an annual ASEAN Drug Monitoring Report. The test and training on the online ADM Report System were implemented during the 5th ADMN Operational Workshop on 7-9 March 2018 in Bangkok. The previous ADMN Operational Workshop received good cooperation from ASEAN Member States as well as ADMN Team in providing inputs and information on drug situation and drug control of each respective Member State. Many ASEAN Member States are interested in the King’s Philosophy on Sustainable Development as the prototype guidelines for the solving drug problem. At this workshop Thailand shared the experience on the sustainable alternative development, the concept of the King’s Philosophy and the late Princess Mother’s Philosophy by Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage at the Doi Tung Development Project on Alternative Development that ASEAN Member States can also apply the prototype guidelines to solve the drug problem appropriately.

                   This workshop showed that ASEAN Member States developed to closer cooperation for exchanging in-depth information as every ASEAN Member States is facing with drug trafficking that has international network linking. Digital or bitcoin is a type of illicit drug trade that found to be used to buy drugs via internet and use of postal services to deliver drugs. ASEAN Member States learned the situation and the changes that are the result of cooperation among ASEAN Member States. So ASEAN Member States can make use of information to plan the drug control policy and to formulate the strategy for monitoring, preventing and solving the drug problem of each Member State to be Drug Free.