Buddhist temple left without monks after they all failed drug tests

The monks were arrested after the local council had them take drug tests by surprise (Picture: ViralPress)

A small Buddhist temple in Thailand was left without monks after they all tested positive for methamphetamine.

The four religious leaders were exposed after the local council gave them a surprise drug test during an inspection on Monday.

Four other monks – spread across three other temples in Phetchabun province – also showed traces of the same drug.

The group included several chief abbots – the head of a temple.

All eight were sent to Bueng Sam Phan Hospital, where they were enrolled in a rehabilitation program.

Residents who usually use the now empty temple are said to be worried about how they will continue worship practices.

Bueng Sam Phan District Council Chief Sompong Thongnoonui assured everyone that an acting abbot would be put in place so people could continue their routines.

The police are focused on finding the person who sold the drugs to the temples.

A Buddhist temple has been left empty after every monk failed drug tests in Thailand.  At least eight monks, including their chief abbots, tested positive for methamphetamine in random tests in Phetchabun province on November 28.

Eight monks tested positive for the drug (Picture: ViralPress)

Authorities conduct drug tests with a monk standing behind them in Thailand.

Police are now looking for who sold the drugs to the monks (Picture: ViralPress)

A Buddhist temple has been left empty after every monk failed drug tests in Thailand.

A small temple has seen its four monks fail drug tests (Picture: ViralPress)

They said they would continue to test the monks.

Buddhists are expected to denounce intoxication – along with murder, theft, sexual misconduct, and lying – as part of their path to enlightenment.

Thailand is currently struggling with a methamphetamine problem.

A huge supply has recently flooded the country from the Golden Triangle – a region in southeast Asia famous for its opium production.


What is methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is part of the family of amphetamine stimulants. Users take it to feel elated, energized, alert, and uninhibited. It can also make people paranoid, confused, and aggressive.

If things go wrong, the drug can lead to high-risk sexual behavior, severe psychosis, heart attack, or stroke.

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The drug is sold in pill form, nicknamed Yaba, at the extremely cheap price of 10-20 baht (47p).

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said his country’s Yaba problem had become “catastrophic”.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has recommended that Thai leaders focus on trafficking chemicals – as methamphetamine is synthetic – to target the influx of supplies.

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