The monastic chief of Saraburi's Ban Mo district disrobed 32 monks whose urine test results showed positive for substance abuse.

At the district's 27 temples, a surprised inspection on monks was held. So far, 32 monks including two abbots were discovered with purple-coloured urine test results. They were disrobed and sent to various rehabilitation centers, where they will be enrolled in a 9-day rehabilitation program.

In order for these disrobed monks to be ordained again, they must obtain approval from local officials including police to make sure they have completely recovered. If a monk is caught for the second time, he would be disrobed again and convicted.