CTBC founds Anti-Drug Educational Foundation
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.
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.