LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 25 (PIA)--The Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) here is finding ways on how to keep drug surrenderers complete their rehabilitation.
In a meeting of the joint Municipal Peace and Order Council and the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council, MADAC Secretariat Head Noemi Co presented that there are only a few among the voluntary drug surrenderers in town who are making headway in the rehabilitation process of the government’s anti-drug program.
About 10 percent or some 20 to 25 drug surrenderers continue to attend sessions presently reporting twice a month, based on reports of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO). They are among the 41 voluntary surrenderers who have completed the primary care aspect of the drug rehabilitation program of the municipal government.
Co said there are a total of 239 voluntary drug surrenderers to date including 16 new additions this year.
Maria Lourdes Taguiba, case manager of drug surrenderers under the MSWDO, said of those recorded, only 114 underwent drug dependency examinations for in patient or out-patient rehabilitation but were subsequently reduced to only 41.
The about 20-25 surrenderers who are regularly attending the sessions are hoped to hold on for the remaining nine months to complete the 18-month after care program which is expected to end by January next year, Taguiba added.
To monitor their improvement, the monthly random drug testing is administered, and the four months already undertaken showed negative results, the MSWDO reported.
Medical intervention conducted by the Municipal Health Services Office are Health Risk Lecture on Tuberculosis and Anti- Rabies. There is also group counseling session facilitated by social workers aside from the group counseling sessions which boosts self and social worth facilitated by a psychologists.
Case management includes home visits and preparation of social case study report and progress reports, Taguiba said. (SCA-PIA Benguet)