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Philippines : Drug surrenderers' assessment up to June only - PHO.

Drug surrenderers in Aklan numbering 1,800 will be assessed by their respective Municipal Health Officers (MHO) as to their level of addiction up to June of this year only.

This is according to Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Provincial Health Officer I of PHO-Aklan during a recent radio interview over a radio station here.

Dr. Cuachon said 50% of Aklans drug surrenderers had been assessed already, but the rest must be assessed by the end of this month to determine the proper treatment or services that could be provided to them.

Cuachon said the surrenderers will be assessed if they are mildly, moderately or severely affected by illegal drug use.

If a drug surrenderer has been assessed to be mildly-affected, he will be referred to the Municipal Drug Abuse Council or the Barangay Drug Abuse Council to determine the appropriate activities for him be it livelihood or technical skills training, healthy lifestyle practice or clean-up drive.

If he is moderately-affected, he will be on an out-patient community rehabilitation program where he will attend a two-hour session once a week, determining his reasons for using drugs, as well as the many ways as to how he could avoid drugs.

After 6 months, Cuachon said the drug surrenderer will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for after care programs.

While on community rehabilitation, the drug surrenderer will undergo 3 random drug tests.

This is to determine if the surrenderer is no longer using drugs because if he still does, the treatment will not be effective, Cuachon said.

For the severely-affected drug surrenderer, the patient will be referred for detoxification through a 7 to 10 days admission in a health facility.

Cuachon said the government is putting up 4 mega treatment centers throughout the country to take care of drug surrenderers needing rehabilitation.

Cuachon clarified to radio listeners that not all drugs are illegal some of these are used to treat high blood pressure, coughs and colds, and many more.

He advised the public not to turn to drugs when one is having a problem, because illegal drugs cannot solve our problems.

When we wake up, the problems will still be there, so it is much better to face our problems, Cuachon said.

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Date:Jun 14, 2017
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