DATRC patients barred from foods with caffeine, other stimulants

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija -- To expedite their treatment and recovery from drug addiction, patients at the Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) in Nueva Ecija are strictly prohibited from having food or drinks that contain caffeine, alcohol and other stimulants.

In an interview here Thursday, DATRC program coordinator Christopher Daraub explained that this is because alcoholic drinks and stimulants could trigger cravings for illegal drugs.

This prohibition is good for the six-month period the patient is confined at the DATRC, which is located at Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, he added.

Operation of the facility started last November.

To ensure that smuggling of these prohibited food items and drinks are prevented, food packages sent or carried by visiting loved ones or relatives are carefully screened and inspected by DATRC staffers during their visits.

Daraub said their 217 patients are served three square meals a day, consisting of rice, vegetable, fish and meat, and prepared with the help of dieticians.

Patients with food allergies or those whose religion prevents them from eating pork, such as Muslims, are given food that is suitable for them, he said, adding these are served in a mess hall-type facility.

Source: Philippines News Agency