Lao PM calls for more efforts to tackle drugs
HANOI, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh urged local officials to work harder to tackle opium poppy cultivation and other drug-related issues, Lao newspaper the Vientiane Times reported Wednesday.
Bouasone made the statement at the annual meeting of the Lao National Committee for Drug Control and Supervision held on Tuesday, said the newspaper.
Local officials were urged to persuade former opium poppy growers not to replant the tree, according to the newspaper. They were also asked to promote agricultural production in former poppy growing areas to enable people to earn an income.
Bouasone asked officials to draw up plans to raise people's awareness of the negative impacts of drugs and involve more people in the drugs combat. He required them to strictly enforce the country's laws to penalize those involved in drug abuse.
The National Committee for Drug Control and Supervision was asked to continue to translate the approved master plan on drug control into working programs, said the newspaper.
Bouasone urged local agencies to enhance cooperation with international organizations and neighboring countries to address drug-related issues along borders, according to the newspaper.