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    Automatic rehab of drug addicts in Phl pushed

    A PHILIPPINE lawmaker on Sunday said he has filed a bill institutionalizing the automatic rehabilitation and treatment of arrested and jailed drug-dependent criminals.
    Rep. Samuel Pagdilao said House Bill 4451 aims to equip the government with a tool that will provide offenders easy and fast access to drug rehabilitation and treatment in order to free them from the control and bondage of substance abuse, which caused them to commit crimes.
    "Among the many problems that threaten our society is drug addiction. It is considered one of the evils of today's society that affects not only the peace and order in our country but also destroys the physical and moral well-being of our people," Pagdilao said.
    He said despite efforts of various law enforcement agencies to curb this problem, illegal drug activities seem to escalate and so too are drug-related crimes.
    Pagdilao said there are two dominant views on drug addiction and how it should be handled.
    He said the first is that drug addiction is a disease like any other and should be tackled through treatment and prevention. On the other hand, drug use is a crime and should be dealt with through the array of threats and sanctions available through the criminal justice system.
    "It is clear that the latter approach 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," Pagdilao stressed.
    Pagdilao pointed out that as a result, drug dependent offenders have increasingly populated jails and prisons. Crimes involving illegal drugs have also risen.
    "It is about time that the first approach be given an equal opportunity to address the problem of illegal drugs," Pagdilao said.
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