The Thai government is increasing its effort on drug suppression and gun control, following the tragic daycare center attack in Nong Bua Lamphu province.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired a task force meeting with the police, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Public Health, and the Ministry of Education on drug suppression and gun regulations.
After the meeting, the Prime Minister said the government will be enforcing laws related to gun and ammunition control more strictly, particularly on gun licensing and ownership.
From now, the government will be making sure that those applying for gun ownership and carrying licenses fully comply with the criteria, including a psychiatric regulation.
They should bear a certification letter from their superior or community leaders, and should not have threatening behaviors against society.
The meeting today discussed the possibility to revoke gun licenses among holders who have mental issues, who use drugs, and who pose a threat to society.
The meeting also discussed more stringent suppression of illegal weapon trade, and updates to some laws and regulations related to the matter.
On the suppression of illicit drugs, the Prime Minister said the government has been controlling the import and export of certain chemicals and has been accelerating investigations in drug cases, as well as expediting the seizure and destruction of evidence and assets.
The Prime Minister said the government will be reviewing its approach to treating drug users as patients, which should take into consideration the number of drugs owned by that person, while any government officials found involved will be immediately punished.
The government now aims to improve drug users’ access to rehabilitation by actively screening patients and setting up more screening centers in every subdistrict.
Local communities will have involvement in surveilling the behavior of community members.
The government will be improving public services on mental health, by providing mental health support at schools and workplaces.
The committee has ordered the establishment of emergency mental health centers in every district, with remote counseling available for people along with a community therapeutic approach. – NNT