By: Hsieh Chia-chen and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) Recognizing the growing drug problem on campuses across Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) ordered an all-out effort on Monday to arrest drug dealers and help juvenile addicts.
During a meeting of government and ruling party officials, Tsai heard a briefing from Justice Minister Chiu Tai-san (邱太三), who said the drug problem among juveniles has reached “concerning” levels and called for immediate action.
The Executive Yuan has adopted nine strategies to combat the increased level of drug taking among young people, including cracking-down on drug dealers, seizing dealers’ illicit profits and establishing a national drug fighting database, Chiu said.
The government is also developing a “protective network” to help addicts kick their habit, with strict penalties for anyone who undermines such rehab programs, according to the minister. [FULL STORY]