WITHOUT doubt, there’s something that should not be forgotten, ignored nor taken for granted in the government’s all-out war against illegal drugs, particularly shabu and marijuana.
It is the prevention and rehabilitation aspect in fighting the drug menace, according to Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, a former chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).
The war against illegal drugs, which is being waged across the country, can only gain some meaning if the thousands of arrested and self-confessed drug pushers and users are rehabilitated.
“Dapat madiin sa prevention, yung 12 to 13 years old dapat edukado na sa droga,” said Sotto, adding “dapat tinuturuan na tungkol sa kasamaan ng (ipinagbabawal) na droga.”
Likewise, the highly-articulate Senate President from Iloilo underscored the importance of training parents on how to detect if a child is a drug dependent or not.
At the same time, the entertainer-turned-senator admitted that the administration’s anti-illegal drug campaign is still not enough to curtail the drug problem in the country.
Some quarters said that the present situation is not helped any by the inability of parents to send their drug dependent children to rehabilitation centers due to grinding poverty.
“Ang iba naman ay nahihiyang malaman ng mga kamag-anak, kapitbahay at iba pang kaibigan na isa palang adik ang kanilang anak,” lamented a well-meaning barangay health worker (BHW).
We share the view of the lady BHW that what’s needed is for the authorities to encourage parents to send their drug-dependent children to government rehabilitation centers.
This, if we want to transform these thousands of misguided Filipinos (drug addicts) into law-abiding and highly-productive citizens again.