Cadac, schools start post-care rehab for 11-K drug reformists

THE CITY Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) has started providing community-based post-care services targeting 11,000 drug reformists under the police Tok-tok Hangyo (Tokhang) operations and the PNP’s double barrel program.

The Cadac coordinated with the University of Immaculate Conception for the first phase of the program, which started last July.

Speaking in yesterday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw in SM Ecoland , Ronaldo Rivera, director of UIC’s community-based rehabilitation aftercare program for persons with substance use disorder (CRAP), said the drug reformists need all the help they can get in order to avoid a relapse.

“Since July the number has risen to almost 11,000 reformists so we are trying to provide with them a community-based program,” he said.

The program was launched on Nov. 18 last year but they first started preparing the communities to handle the problem. Based on the records provided by the Davao City Police Office, 10,702 drug reformists were recorded since July 2 from 122 barangays.

The average age is 30 years old, with the youngest being 13 and the oldest is 86 years old.

“Those who are in private and public rehabilitation are not included yet, and alleged drug users who are in high-end subdivisions,” he said.

Rivera said they will first assess the reformists to determine the level of their dependence. For those classified as low-risk, the barangay is task to handle their post-rehab care. Higher education institutions like the UIC and the Ateneo de Davao University will take care of the high-risk cases.

Meanwhile, Dr. Corazon Mamon Umblero, director of UIC Communication Development Service, said they are implementing a program dubbed University of Immaculate of Concepcion (UIC) Kaduyog Sagip Kinabuhi program.

“We have seen in our data that there are so many who surrendered but actually, we are starting with a small number and by batch,” she said, adding that the first batch started on April 3 and the culmination will be on Sept. 30.

The first batch, composed of 30 individuals, came from barangays of 5-A, 6-A and 8-A. The youngest is 21 and the oldest id 58 years old.

“They will start in physiological components then, psychological, social components, spiritual and economic activity,” she added. “We believe that the recovery of the UIC reformists or friends can be done through a holistic approach.”

So far, the Cadac and the schools adopted 27 barangays. Rivera said they will reach out to the other schools to also adopt barangays through their community extensions programs.

“It’s because there are barangays that have no resource,” he said. “In terms of holistic, they can’t do it alone without the support of the higher institution,” he said.

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