Automatic rehabilitation of apprehended drug dependents pushed
A lawmaker has filed a bill institutionalizing the automatic rehabilitation and treatment of arrested and jailed drug-dependent criminals.Rep. Samuel Pagdilao (Party-list A!"-!#S$ said %ouse &ill '') aims to e*uip the go+ernment with a tool that will pro+ide offenders easy and fast access to drug rehabilitation and treatment in order to free them from the control and bondage of substance abuse which caused them to commit crimes.,Among the many problems that threaten our society is drug addiction. #t is considered one of the e+ils of todays society that affects not only the peace and order in our country but also destroys the physical and moral well-being of our people Pagdilao said.Pagdilao said despite efforts of +arious law enforcement agencies to curb this problem illegal drug acti+ities seem to escalate and so too are drug-related crimes.According to Pagdilao there are two dominant +iews on drug addiction and how it should be handled."he first he said is that drug addiction is a disease like any other and should be tackled through treatment and pre+ention. /n the other hand drug use is a crime and should be dealt with through the array of threats and sanctions a+ailable through the criminal justice system.,#t is clear that the latter approach has dominated the way our 0o+ernment handled drug addiction. %owe+er it is clear that threats and sanctions do not effecti+ely stop the problem against drugs. #t does not cure the underlying cause of drug addiction Pagdilao stressed.Pagdilao pointed out that as a result drug dependent offenders ha+e increasingly populated jails and prisons. !rimes in+ol+ing illegal drugs ha+e also risen.,#t is about time that the first approach be gi+en an e*ual opportunity to address the problem of illegal drugs Pagdilao said.1nder the measure Section ) of Republic Act 2)3 or the ,!omprehensi+e 4angerous 4rugs Act of 5665 is amended by inserting Section )-A which pro+ides that a person apprehended or arrested for use of dangerous drugs and who immediately after arrest confesses7admits to the use of drugs shall be subjected to automatic rehabilitation for a minimum period of 3 months in a rehabilitation center duly accredited by the &oard.
NR # 3498BJUNE 15, 2014