Anti-drug law should include levels of addiction: group


Posted at Nov 26 2019 09:45 AM

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MANILA - A drug rehabilitation alliance on Tuesday said it would push to amend the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act to include different levels of addiction.

"The use has to catch up with the reality now, which is there are addiction levels and only 10 percent of these addiction levels belong to in-patient facilities," Sikini Labastilla, spokesman of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Alliance, told ANC's Early Edition.

"Only after the screening will the PNP (Philippine National Police) and prosecutors come in. The first touch has to be health, social work."

Labastilla said the group proposed this to Vice President Leni Robredo during her stint as co-chair of the inter-agency committee on illegal drugs (ICAD).

"There’s really nothing in the law that says community-based rehab. The law doesn’t at all recognize levels of addiction," he said.

"There’s only 1 level of addiction and it’s either in-house rehab for those who have been caught the first time, and if you’re caught the 2nd time, you go to prison. There’s no outpatient there."

The group has collaborated with Robredo since 2016 and came to the forefront during her ICAD appointment.

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, fired Robredo over the weekend, calling her "dare" to just remove her from her post if he wanted her out, according to his spokesman.

Robredo is set to give a report in the next few days on what she discovered about the drug war and her recommendations.