The Cabinet has passed a revision to the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act in order to enhance efforts at preventing drug abuse.
Under the revision, passed Thursday, drug addicts given deferred prosecution will no longer be subject to mandatory drug treatment in the future. Different treatment approaches will be available instead. The details of each program will be decided on a case-by-case basis after consultations with medical institutions. In place of mandatory treatment, drug addicts will be able pay a fine, write a letter of repentance, do manual labor, or agree to undergo regular urine tests.
On Friday, Premier Su Tseng-chang said the government has done a good job fighting against drug abuse. He said that under the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen, the Democratic Progressive Party has introduced heavier penalties for smuggling, making, and selling drugs.
Su said that the “holistic approaches” introduced in the latest revision to the law will make the government’s campaign against drugs even more successful. He called on the Legislature to pass the revision as soon as possible.