A drug rehabilitation alliance on Tuesday wants to push the amendment of 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,” said the spokesman of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Alliance Sikini Labastilla in an ANC Early Edition interview.
The group’s assertion is that health and social workers should be the initial prosecutors before the screening of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“Only after the screening will the PNP and prosecutors come in. The first touch has to be health, social work,” Labastilla added.
However, Labastilla proposed this during the 2-week stint of Vice President Leni Robredo 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.”
Since 2016, the group has collaborated with Robredo and came to the vanguard during the VP’s appointment.
Regardless, President Rodrigo Duterte recently fired Robredo over the weekend, after Liberal Party President Sen. Kiko Pangilinan’s had retorted to just fire her from the job instead of insulting her.
“This is also in response to the taunt and dare of VP Robredo for the President to just tell her that he wants her out,” Pangilinan added.
Nevertheless, the former ICAD co-chair is set to give a report on her discoveries about the drug war and her recommendations in the next few days.