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300 former drug dependents in Maguindanao to be checked again

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao – To see if they have reformed from being drug dependents, at least 300 former drug users are to be tested in Ampatuan town, this province, reports reaching MDNN said.

Aimee Sambolawan, Ampatuan municipal information officer said they will be checked again using their urine as the usual procedure conducted by authorities.

Sambolawan said this is part of the community-based rehabilitation program which is soly focused on reintegration of former drug dependents.

Those who will took the urine examination have to line up bringing with them their urine samples. The local government under the supervision of the Philippine Drug Enforcement  Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) will assist said activity.

Sambolawan said : “From here, we will determine if they were true to their words of restarting new lives without the use of drugs.”

She added that those who will test positive of drug use again will be returned to a more stricter town rehabiliation program of the government which will be supervised by the PDEA-BARMM.

“They will be strictly monitored inside the rehabilitation center,” Sambolawan pointed out, adding that under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, anybody found positive of drug abuse  should take at least a six-month rehabilitation.

Record showed that out of eleven villages of the town, only Barangay Kauran was still infiltrated with illegal drugs particularly known as “shabu.”  

Sambolawan said  since 2017 the other nine villages (Dicalongan (Poblacion), Kakal, Kamasi, Kapilpilaan, Malatimon, Matagabong, Saniag, Tomicor and Salman were already declared as “drug free” villages.

Since 2017, Sambolawan said the nine other villages of the town – Dicalongan (Poblacion), Kakal, Kamasi, Kapilpilaan, Kauran, Malatimon, Matagabong, Saniag, Tomicor, and Salman – were declared as drug-cleared. – PNA

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