By King-Oua Laohong for Bangkok Post. It is difficult to create any so-called “white” communities turned totally free of drugs because the production and spread of narcotics have continued unabated, Office of Narcotics Control Board secretary-general Narong Rattananukul said.

Mr Narong said the country’s drug problem remain serious. Production of drugs in the “Golden Triangle” area continues without limitation and the distribution of narcotics inside the country remains rampant.

As a result, a large quantity of drugs is still being smuggled across the border through the northern and northeastern parts of Thailand.

A survey on the demand for drugs revealed they still are much sought, they said.

The ONCB’s efforts to suppress of drugs have caused traffickers to switch smuggling routes from the northern border to the Northeast. Authorities conceded that suppression efforts along the border haven’t been enough to stem the illicit tide.

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