Probe sought on lack of drug rehab centers

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A congressional probe into the reported lack of regional and provincial treatment and rehabilitation centers for users of illegal drugs is being sought in the House of Representatives.

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Valenzuela first district Rep. Weslie Gatchalian filed House Resolution No. 58 asking the appropriate House committee to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation on the matter.

“The seriousness of the drug-related problems in the country requires immediate attention from the national government; hence, effective mechanism and sustainable program for treatment and rehabilitation should be made available nationwide to help victims of drug abuse,” Gatchalian said in the resolution.

He noted that while thousands of drug users have turned themselves in, there are only nine government rehabilitation centers in the country.

This number, Gatchalian said, “is no longer sufficient considering the increasing number of drug victims and patients willing to avail [themselves]of the rehabilitation facilities.”

The lawmaker said the congressional probe is in line with Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The law mandates the provision of effective mechanisms or measures to reintegrate victims of drug abuse through sustainable programs for their treatment or rehabilitation.

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