On September 8, 2023, at 9:30 am, Wat Kiriwongkaram School in Taling Ngam Subdistrict, Koh Samui District, hosted the opening ceremony of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Mitigation Project. Mr. Damrongpol Inthachan, the acting director of the school, presided over the event. The ceremony was attended by a diverse group of stakeholders, including police officers from Koh Samui Police Station, the fund committee, teachers, students, municipal employees, and representatives from the Department of Public Health and Environment.
The Importance of Drug Abuse Prevention
The severity and persistence of drug abuse in today’s society present a pressing issue that demands urgent attention. Children and teenagers are particularly vulnerable to the risks associated with drug abuse. Recognizing this, the government has prioritized drug prevention and remediation as a crucial policy matter.
To address this issue, proper care, attention, and education must be provided to young people. This includes sharing accurate knowledge about the severe consequences of drug abuse, teaching them how to avoid drugs, and helping them build resistance against drug temptation. Collaboration among all sectors is essential in sharing ideas, actions, responsibilities, and support in the national fight against drug problems.
The project aims to reach 60 students and seven teachers, providing them with the necessary tools and knowledge to prevent and address drug abuse issues.
The Role of the Koh Samui Municipality Health Security Fund
The Koh Samui Municipality Health Security Fund recognizes the importance of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Mitigation Project in promoting and supporting its implementation for students and participants. The project seeks to:
- Provide knowledge and understanding about the dangers of drug abuse
- Reduce drug-related problems in schools
- Involve students in addressing drug abuse problems
- Enable students to stay away from drugs
- Create a network of collaboration in preventing and addressing drug abuse issues in schools and communities
- Promote sustainable drug prevention and mitigation activities
By focusing on these goals, the project aims to have a lasting impact on students, schools, and communities in the fight against drug abuse.
The Drug Abuse Prevention and Mitigation Project would not be possible without the support of various organizations, including:
- Koh Samui Municipality
- Department of Public Health and Environment
- Health Security Fund
Together, these organizations work to create a better future for the community by addressing the critical issue of drug abuse prevention and mitigation.