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Figures: President Dr. Jyh-Yang Wu and Administrative Deputy Minister, Chen-Huan Wu at the opening ceremony of the ADAPT.(2009/05/26)

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The problem of drug abuse has become one of the top five serious issues of complaint among Taiwanese people. According to the latest statistics announced by the Ministry of Justice, the numbers of drug dealers and drug addicts have sharply increased in recent years. The recidivism rate of drug crime approaches 90%. The problem of third-grade drug types, such as K Etamine, has predominately worsened; the number of addicts is beyond count. The amount of money from drug crime and related organizations is estimated to be 300 billion US dollars. International organizations, such as the World Health Organization, and UNODC, have already published various forms of guidebooks and manuals to assist countries all over the world in the prevention and treatment of drug abuse. Therefore, the research findings on drug prevention and treatment not only assist Taiwan in solving drug problems, but also raise Taiwan’s international reputation.

Recently, the Crime Research Center at National Chung Cheng University, recommended and sponsored by the Executive Yuan of the Taiwan Government, has proposed the second result analysis and evaluation of national drug policy. It also served as a significant point of reference when the Executive Yuan of Taiwan Government was planning its drug prevention and treatment policy over the past 5 years. Moreover, other departments of Taiwan government have also invited the Crime Research Center at National Chung Cheng University to assist them with related research projects in more than 10 cases. With interdisciplinary collaboration of various fields of knowledge and resources at National Chung Cheng University, the Crime Research Center has earned the title of the strongest drug abuse research team in Taiwan in handling drug issues comprehensively.

The policy planning and evaluation for drug prevention and treatment involve thorough investigation and monitoring of drug problems, as well as law implementation. The international society consistently adopts two strategies: reduction of need and the reduction of supply. In need reduction, it includes preventive education, the therapy of abstinence and social reintegration. As for the strategy of supply reduction, international cooperation, as well as prevention of organized crime and money laundering are addressed. The research of drug prevention and treatment can be divided into seven fields, including the investigation and monitoring of pervasiveness, the preventive education of drug abuse, clinical treatment for abstinence, psychological treatment for abstinence and social reintegration, the forensic technology for drug identification and enforcement, the prevention of organized crime and money laundering, law-making and policy evaluation. Since February 2009, National Chung Cheng University, with the Crime Research Center as the established based, started to actively integrate various fields of knowledge and resources to engage in interdisciplinary research projects related to drug issues and also to incorporate outside research institutes and governmental organizations, nationally and internationally. Multiple large-scaled international conferences, thematic seminars, study groups and speeches have taken place on campus, involving experts, professionals and scholars, to improve social health and security.

The university has devoted itself to research on drug prevention and treatment by incorporating multiple academic disciplines: the Colleges of Law, Education, Management, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Public Health, with a total of over seventy faculty members on the research team. Outside National Chung Cheng University, there are also faculty members participating cross-institutionally and internationally from National Cheng Kung University (Department of Psychiatry), National Taiwan Normal University (Department of Public Health), National Health Research Institutes and Academia Sinica (Institute of Sociology), FDA, UNODC, AIC, NIDA, ACS…etc. Our center will treat National Institute on Drug Dependence and National Drug Abuse Monitoring Center in Peking University as a target to be the national drug monitoring center and extend to related education, training, and R & D in the field of drug control.

 Comprehensive planning 

To develop the research on drug prevention and treatment and to bring our drug research into prominence internationally, we draw up the proceedings as follows:

  • 1. To construct a research range on drug prevention: to analyze the current research on drug prevention and treatment to define the urgent issues to be addressed or explored.
  • 2. To integrate existing resources on-campus: In the domain of research, some fields, e.g., financial auditing, chemical/chemical engineering tests and analysis, electronics, electrical engineering and communications technology, are relatively established. However, effective integration of resources of relevant areas will help make progress in coping with drug abuse problems and drug control.
  • 3. To introduce external resources: the resources that we lack, such as clinical treatment or medical intervention in drug abstinence, can be introduced from the outside (e.g., National Cheng Kung University, the National Institute of Health). We can draw on international experience to establish the research force required to reach international standards quickly in all areas.
  • 4. To become an international center for drug research: due to the related issues studied worldwide, any previous study experience on drug issues could be used as a reference material, as our research findings shall also be presented. The goal is to make Taiwan and National Chung-Cheng University one of the leading institutions of drug prevention and treatment fields, hosting conferences and meetings for international organizations. The concrete strategy is described in paragraph "d. International exchange".
  • 5. To integrate the research findings to facilitate industry-university cooperation: The fundamental goal of the field of research on drug prevention and treatment is to make the study findings practical and useful in daily practice and enforcement through interaction and understanding between academics and cooperates. The strategies including the following:
    • To establish a drug use monitoring center and database for international exchange and to refer evidence to the government for policy-making.
    • To establish an educational resource center for the preventive education of drug abuse and be a supportive resource for field professionals’ and practitioners’ on-job training.
    • To establish a crime prevention technology center to apply any available technology to the practical field.
    • To foster civil organizations and form professional resources to improve approaches to the issues of drug abuse.
    • To provide thorough suggestions for drug prevention policy-making, to facilitate law enforcement in real cases, and to update the legal system.
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