Proposed Legislature in the Philippines Highlights the Need for Rehabilitation, Not Incarceration, for Drug Users, Says Aid in Recovery

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Aid in Recovery pointed to a recent bill introduced in the Philippines House of Representative as a positive step toward a more sensible response to the drug addiction epidemic.

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Aid in Recovery, a full service drug and alcohol treatment center, released a statement today regarding a recent bill introduced in the Philippines House of Representatives by Representative Samuel Pagdilao, a current legislator and retired police general. In House Bill 4451, Pagdilao seeks to provide treatment for drug related offenders, rather than imprisonment. Aid in Recovery points to this bill as an example of a forward-thinking solution for the drug addiction epidemic.

The bill, introduced this summer, would require that any person arrested for use of dangerous drugs, and who readily confesses to the use of these drugs, should be required to attend automatic rehabilitation of 6 months in an approved rehab center. According to the bill, the rehab center would be required to send monthly reports on the progress of the individual’s treatment, and the costs for the treatment would fall upon the individual in treatment. To prevent other criminals from taking advantage of this system, a Department of Health approved physician will examine the arrested person to verify that the person, indeed, suffers from drug addiction.

Pagdilao explained that there are two major philosophies on how to combat drug addiction: through incarceration or through rehabilitation.

Incarceration, says Pagdilao in the text of the bill, “has dominated the way our government handled drug addiction. However, it is clear that threats and sanctions do not effectively stop the problem against drugs. It does not cure the underlying cause of drug addiction.”

Aid in Recovery believes legislation like this is a good start to changing the way government addresses drug addiction. Rehabilitation should be readily available for those that have drug addiction problems; imprisonment is not a viable alternative, because it does not provide the framework for treatment that rehab centers do.

“Putting addicts in prison does not treat the reason for drug abuse,” said Dr. Michael Lukens, Psychologist at Aid in Recovery. “Rehabilitation is a better alternative, and governments that recognize this and pass legislation accordingly will better treat drug addiction as a whole. It speaks volumes that the man introducing this bill is a retired police officer.”

Aid in Recovery will continue to monitor this bill in the Philippines and look for similar legislation to treat the drug epidemic in the United States.

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