Dangerous Drugs Board eyes rehabs in jails

MANILA — The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) on Wednesday proposed to establish drug treatment and rehabilitation centers in many prisons across the country.

DDB chairman Felipe Rojas Jr. made this proposal in a budget briefing at the House of Representatives along with other amendments to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Rojas pointed the lack of rehabilitation centers nationwide with only 47 residential facilities and 3 outpatient facilities.

Meanwhile, 564,109 drug users and pushers have already submitted to police authorities since the inception of President Rodrigo Duterte’s aggressive anti-drug campaign.

Rojas pegged the illegal drug trade in the Philippines at Php5.5 billion which has ensnared 4.8 million drug users.

The DDB plans to add four additional rehabilitation centers, 2 of which will be in Luzon and one each for Visayas and Mindanao.

Other proposed amendments to the law include expanding the definition of “den, dive and resort”, streamlining process for voluntary submission to treatment and rehabilitation, revised graduation of penalties for sale and possession, expansion of coverage of confiscation and forfeiture, and compulsory creation of administrative boards by local government units for the abatement of nuisances, among others. Filane Mikee Cervantes/PNA/northboundasia.com