Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister of Public Security Le Quy Vuong emphasized that drug abuse and drug crime have become major concern of Vietnam and the world as they have caused severe economic, political, cultural and social consequences and threatened the peaceful life and happiness of the people.
In the first 6 months of 2019 alone, the Drug-related Investigation Police and functional forces in localities, particularly Nghe An province cooperated to detect and conducted investigation into 12,285 drug cases, arrest 19,454 people involved; seized 675 kg of heroin, 507 kg of ketamine, 4,625 kg of synthetic drugs and 131kg of cocaine.
Among the cases, functional forces of Vietnam have cracked down on a number of transnational drug trafficking rings, seized a great number of narcotics, arrested leaders of the drug trafficking rings. The efforts and achievements of Vietnam in drug crime prevention and combat have been applauded internationally.
The Deputy Minister of Public Security stressed that drug crimes are likely to become more complex and internationally widespread so the fight against drug crimes in the country will be more difficult and challenging.
Deputy Minister Le Quy Vuong suggested that Steering Committees for Prevention and Fight against Crimes and Social Evils and Building of the Movement “All people protecting national security” from Central to local levels should direct in-charge forces to coordinate with relevant units to promote education and information about the harms of abuse of drugs, especially synthetic drugs, in order to raise the public awareness of drug prevention and fight. The anti-drug education and information should focus on young people, students and those vulnerable to drug evils so as to mobilize the whole society to participate in preventing and fighting drug-related crimes.
Additionally, he underlined the need to complete a legal framework on drug prevention and fight, including the 2000 Law on Prevention and Combat of Narcotic Drugs that was amended and supplemented in 2008, in line with the international law and practical situations of drug prevention and combat in Vietnam.