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The Yingluck Shinawatra government has kicked off a new war on drugs – although that it not what it is being called.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her deputy Chalerm Yubamrung inspect seized illegal drugs displayed at Government House yesterday. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD


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Govt launches anti-drugs campaign

The Yingluck Shinawatra government has kicked off a new war on drugs – although that it not what it is being called.

The first war on drugs launched by her brother did cut the supply of drugs but it also resulted in the deaths of 2600 people, not all of them drug dealers.

The new anti-drugs campaign will be two-pronged and will last one year, the prime minsiter said. It will get tough on dealers and traffickers, but help rehabilitate, rather than punish, addicts so they may later re-enter society.

Prime Minister Yingluck said the ruling Pheu Thai Party aims to turn 400,000 of the country's 1.2 million drug addicts into decent citizens through rehabilitation.

She said her government would treat drug addicts as patients so these people can later return to society.

Most drug addicts are aged between 16 and 24 years old and these young people are regarded as a resource of the nation.

"As a mother, I do not want to see children fall victim to drugs," she said.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung,  who has been appointed head of the drug suppression centre, focused on the "getting tough" part of the plan.

Mr Chalerm told reporters his centre will focus its work on trying to block drug shipments crossing the northern border, where 70% of the illicit drugs are smuggled into the country.

Neighbouring countries will be asked to support the campaign, and if they refuse to cooperate, Thailand will complain internationally, he said.

Police forces have been mobilised to border routes in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son provinces to prevent drugs from being smuggled into the country, said acting national police chief Priewpan Damapong.

deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
seized – taken away by force or official power ถูกยึกครอง
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
display – to put something in a particular place so that people can see it easily  โชว์, แสดง
gentle – not strong or extreme เบาๆ, ค่อยๆ
launch – to start something เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
campaign – a series of actions intended to produce political or social change การรณรงค์
kick off – to begin an event; to launch เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
dealer – a person who sells (illegal drugs in this case) ผู้จำหน่าย
two-pronged – having two parts มีสองส่วน
get tough – to act in a strong and determined to deal with someone or something ทำอย่างเด็ดขาด, ทำอย่างเข้มงวด,
trafficker – someone in the business of buying and selling  things illegally or of illegally transporting people for work in other countries or areas ผู้ลักลอบค้าสินค้าผิดกฎหมายหรือลักลอบขายแรงงานผิดกฎหมาย
rehabilitate – to return someone or something to a good or healthy condition, state or way of living ฟื้นฟูสุขภาพ
addict – someone who takes illegal or harmful drugs and cannot stop ผู้ติดยาเสพย์ติด
ruling – having control over a particular group, country, etc ซึ่งมีอำนาจ, ซึ่งปกครอง
aim – to have as your purpose or goal   มีเป้าหมาย  มีจุดมุ่งหมาย      
decent – having control over a particular group, country, etc ซึ่งมีอำนาจ, ซึ่งปกครอง
decent citizen – a good citizen พลเมืองดี
patient – someone who is receiving medical treatment คนป่วย, คนไข้
regard – to consider or have an opinion about something or someone เห็นว่า,ถือว่า
resource – something valuable such as money, workers and equipment that can be used to help achieve something ทรัพยากร
fall victim to – to be harmed by something เป็นเหยื่อ
appointed – officially chosen for a job ถูกแต่งตั้ง
suppression – stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity  การปราบปราม
block – to stop someone or something from moving through or along something else  ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
shipment – a load of goods that are sent from one place to another ปริมาณสินค้าที่ขนส่งในครั้งหนึ่ง ๆ
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries  เขตแดน อาณาเขต
illicit – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย
smuggle – to take drugs, money, people, etc. to or from a place secretly and often illegally  ลักลอบนำเข้า
neighbouring – located near or next to a place or person  ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง
refuse – to say you will not do something that someone has asked you to do ปฏิเสธ
cooperate – to work with other people to achieve a result that is good for everyone involved ร่วมมือกัน
mobilise – to bring together for a particular purpose ระดมพล
route – the roads used to go from one place to another เส้นทาง
acting – doing the work of the usual person in a particular job while they are not there, or until a new person starts ที่รักษาการแทน

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