Drug prevention fund amendment passed

The legislature on Friday passed the third reading of an amendment to the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act.

Under the amendment, the justice ministry is required to set up a drug prevention fund. The fund aims to subsidize drug inspections, treatment for addiction, anti-drug campaigns and other related research. There will also be subsidies for addicts for their employment, medical care, schooling and family needs.

Opposition KMT lawmaker Wang Yu-min commented on Friday.

After the drug prevention fund is set up, I hope it will build a complete narcotics prevention social network by effectively coordinating law enforcement as well as social, health and educational resources. [I hope] the fund will stabilize the budget for narcotics prevention and reduce drug-related crime," said Wang.

Under the amendment, places such as hotels and motels are responsible for reporting drug use to the police. Violators will be fined up to one million Taiwan dollars (US$33,000) and their businesses could be forced to close down if serious violations are found.

Source: Radio Taiwan International