2,000 drug users finish rehab

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More than 2,000 drug surrenderees who sought help have finished their rehabilitation program and hundreds of them have returned home, the Department of Health (DoH) said.

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Based on government data, 2,508 out of an estimated 1.3 million drug surrenderees sought treatment for their addiction from July 2016 until May this year. Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial said 1,643 were treated as inpatients and 865 as outpatients.

Of these, 1,263 have completed their treatment while 778 have returned to their respective communities.

The DoH has been trying to decongest a number of treatment centers by asking patients to move to other facilities.

One of those facilities, a mega drug rehabilitation and treatment center in Nueva Ecija, houses 321 patients.

The DoH has established one treatment and rehabilitation center in every region and have licensed 46 facilities to attend to the needs to up to 5,000 inpatients.

“We are trying to expand ASAP [as soon as possible]to cater to a target of 30,000 inpatient care,” she said, acknowledging the help of some partners in the development of such facilities such as San Miguel Foundation, Resorts World, Alliance Global Group, Kausaban Foundation Incorporated, Friends of the Philippines Foundation Incorporated, the Chinese government, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Ubial said they are training health workers who will attend to the needs of drug surrenderees.

“Almost every week we have training [sessions to]expand the capacity of our health workers for drug abuse management,” she said.

“Before this administration, we did not have any training module. We did not have community-based rehabilitation. We developed all of these from scratch,” she added.

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