Sharing Experiences on Drug Policies: Thailand and Germany

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Thailand and Germany jointly organised a first event in a series of knowledge exchanges on harm reduction and treatment in November 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Following the United Nations General Assembly Special session on the world drug problem 2016 (UNGASS), the government of Thailand has shown strong commitment to strengthen health-oriented responses to the domestic drug problem. Accordingly, the Thai government visited Germany and Portugal in November 2016 to learn more about innovative approaches to drug policy in the field of public health and narcotics law. After the visit of Thailand’s former Minister of Justice to Germany, Thailand proposed an advisory mission of German experts to Thailand on the issues of harm reduction and treatment.

In this context, Thailand and Germany jointly organised a first event in a series of knowledge exchanges on harm reduction and treatment in November 2017 in Bangkok. Together with experts from the Federal Ministry of Health and from the City of Leipzig’s government and treatment facilities, the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) travelled to Thailand to share relevant experiences.

In close cooperation with the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), the experts visited various organisations including treatment and harm reduction facilities to get insights on those practices in Thailand, particularly for methamphetamine use. Around 60 participants from the Thai Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Public Health, along with academia and NGOs active in the field of drug policy attended the event and discussed challenges and needs of Thailand in the realm of harm reduction and drug treatment.
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