DOH to Drug Councils: Follow Process in Rehab

A government physician urged the Bacolod City Drug Abuse Council to strengthen its anti- drug program by following the process prescribed by the DOH ‘Oplan Sagip’ Regional Oversight Committee for the wellness and recovery of drug surrenderers.

Priscilla Lamis, Medical Officer III of the DOH Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation in Pototan, Iloilo, said the algorithm includes community preparation, screening, assessment and seminar-workshop for clients and their family, among others.

She said following these activities are required before a barangay can be declared drug-free during a recent assessment of the city’s drug rehabilitation program.

Lamis urged the city to have an accurate assessment of the categories where drug surrenderers belong according to risk which are: low risk that require general intervention, moderate risk requiring further assessment by trained physician or medical personnel and high risk that will most likely require rehabilitation.

She said drug dependency is a chronically relapsing brain disease in that even a drug dependent who has not been using illegal drugs for 20 years can still be lured back into the vice when facing a difficult situation.

She said the drug treatment and rehabilitation center in Pototan uses the eclectic method in dealing with drug dependents anchored on Therapeutic Community having a holistic approach in treatment including spiritual aspect.

Backsliding among those who have given-up themselves to the police is commonly observed among LGU’s drug rehabilitation program Lamis said.

The experience, therefore, of Bacolod City with about 5,000 drug surrenderers and having only 46 graduates from a community-based wellness program is also experienced by other LGUs.

Strengthening of drug councils should be the goal of every LGUs and barangays, she said.

Meanwhile,Bacolod City Executive Assistant Rodel Parcon said the police and barangays should cooperate to achieve desirable results in drug prevention and control. A lot of things still have to be done, he added. (JCM/Lljr-PIA6)