CTBC founds Anti-Drug Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

CTBC Bank ( ) yesterday an­nounced the cre­ation of the CTBC Anti-Drug Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion ( ), Tai­wan’s first cor­po­rate-backed anti-drug or­ga­ni­za­tion, in an ef­fort to in­still a drug-free en­vi­ron­ment in Tai­wan.

The foun­da­tion was borne out of ex­changes be­tween Jeffrey Koo Jr. ( ), cho­sen as the Anti-Drug Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion’s chair­man who also dou­bles as the chair­man of the Chi­na­trust Char­ity Foun­da­tion, the U.S.’s Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion (DEA) Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion and nu­mer­ous other char­ity groups, with Koo even­tu­ally re­al­iz­ing that the anti-drug ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign re­quired ex­per­tise and ma­te­rial re­sources.

Koo pledged that the foun­da­tion will uti­lize CTBC’s re­sources and aims to join forces with so­ci­ety to find a suit­able so­lu­tion to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion of drugs on cam­puses, based upon his longterm un­der­stand­ing of ed­u­ca­tors’ con­cerns about stu­dents be­com­ing ex­posed to drugs while on school cam­puses.

A “Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing” (MOU) on the anti-drug ed­u­ca­tion ef­fort be­tween the foun­da­tion, the In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (IB,

) and the U.S. DEA Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion was also signed dur­ing the event to an­nounce the cre­ation of the CTBC Anti-Drug Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion.

In the MOU, the IB and U.S. DEA Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion pledged to pro­vide anti-drug ed­u­ca­tional re­sources, and will also in­tro­duce the most up-to-date in­for­ma­tion from around the world for the anti-drug cam­paign. The two in­sti­tu­tions will seek to im­ple­ment the latest tech­nol­ogy to plan an anti-drug ed­u­ca­tion tour and ex­hi­bi­tion in Tai­wan.

The CTBC Anti-Drug Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion also an­nounced its plans to launch its anti-drug cam­paign this Oc­to­ber by team­ing up with no­table lo­cal theater groups. The cam­paign is set to head to Taichung City, Yi­lan County and Hs­inchu County’s ju­nior high school and ele­men­tary school cam­puses. There are plans to open an an­tidrug ed­u­ca­tional fair in Hs­inchu City as well.

Next year will also see a largescale tour through Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Taichung City, Tainan City and Kaoh­si­ung City. With the anti-drug ed­u­ca­tional ex­hi­bi­tion stay­ing at each stop for at least three months, the foun­da­tion plans to com­plete the tour around the coun­try within three years.

CTBC has been in­volved in longterm ef­forts in so­cial ser­vices, pro­vid­ing care and as­sis­tance for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and fam­i­lies for 30 years. In its so­cial ser­vice ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at help­ing such dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple, Koo and the vol­un­teers re­al­ized the se­ri­ous­ness and wide­spread is­sue of drug-abuse, and its cor­re­la­tion with public or­der prob­lems.

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics re­leased at an anti-drug meet­ing at the Cab­i­net this year, peo­ple be­tween the ages of 18 and 24 make up the largest age group of users of third-class con­trolled sub­stances like pre­scrip­tion painkillers, at 40 per­cent. Users of first-class drugs in­clud­ing heroin and co­caine have grad­u­ally de­creased an­nu­ally in Tai­wan, while users of sec­ond-class con­trolled sub­stances in­clud­ing mar­i­juana have hov­ered around 35,000 peo­ple.

Cour­tesy of the CTBC Anti-Drug Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion

Chi­na­trust Char­ity Foun­da­tion Chair­man Jeffrey Koo Jr. ( ), fourth left, and U.S. Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion (DEA) Chair­man Wil­liam F. Alden, fourth right, at­tend the an­nounce­ment of the cre­ation of the CTBC An­tiDrug Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion, yesterday. Koo was tapped as the CTBC Anti-Drug Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion chair­man as well.

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