From Release’s twitter feed, A press release from the Thai Government carries this news:

The Ministry of Interior has picked next week to get all drug addicts across Thailand clean. Deputy Permanent Secretary for Interior Mr Surapong Pongtadsirikul has disclosed that there are approximately 30,000 drug addicts who have not been treated so far since the 3rd phase of the drugs eradication program has begun.

During 20-27 February, 2011, drug abusers in Bangkok will be brought to the rehabilitation centers to get clean. There will be those who are encouraged to receive treatment on their freewill and those who will be forced against their will. A rehabilitation camp will be open for addicts elsewhere in Thailand where a rehab center is scarce.

Related agencies will be coordinated and a staff training program will be carried out as well as the selection of a location which will serve as makeshift rehab center for drug addicts. Their names will be recorded in the database specifically designed for easy tracking and providing updates on their progress in the future.

Thailand has a bloody history when it comes to crackdowns on drug addicts. On 1 February 2003, the Thai government, under then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, launched a ‘war on drugs’, and talked of banishing drugs from “every square inch” of Thailand within four months. At the start of the campaign Thaksin  announced that ‘there is nothing that the Thai Police cannot do’– repeating the words of a former Thai police chief who orchestrated political assassinations in the 1950s. ‘Drug traders are ruthless to our children, so being ruthless back to them is no bad thing’.  The Interior Minister declared that traffickers would ‘be put behind bars or vanish without trace’. ‘Who cares?’, he asked,‘They are destroying our country’.

The ‘war on drugs’  that was unleashed in Thailand killed more than 2,000 people- accused drug traffickers were brought from their homes and shot. In addition, more than 70,000 people allegedly involved in the drugs trade were arrested and  many – often innocent –arrestees were intimidated into making false confessions. Further information is available in a briefing by the Beckley Foundation, and a report by Human Rights Watch, Not enough Graves.