Feb 23, 2017 Business & Finance Comments Off on Premier orders drug sweep of military bases
Premier Lin Chuan has called for a thorough check on the military as part of a renewed effort to fight drug use. Lin's comment came Thursday after illegal drugs were recently found at the Ching Chuan Kang air base in Taichung.
Around 50 small packages of white powder were found on the base. Initial tests identified the substance as amphetamine.
Premier Lin said drugs are a threat to society at large and jeopardize discipline in the armed forces. Lin said the defense ministry must conduct a thorough inspection into drug use in the ranks. Cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung conveyed Lin's remarks.
"Discipline needs to be strictly adhered to in the forces. Military bases need to be absolutely drug-free zones. We call on the defense ministry to deal seriously with this incident at Ching Chuan Kang. We want a complete inspection to ensure discipline is maintained," Hsu said.
Meanwhile, Lin said the justice ministry must launch a new anti-drug campaign by March 15 with advice from scholars and experts in the field.
The premier also called on the health ministry to keep up with the emergence of new types of narcotics. Lin told the education ministry to step up its anti-drug campaign on campuses. He also called for schools to hold sessions within a month to teach students about new forms of drugs and to stay away from them.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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