PNP asks UN special rapporteur’s recommendation to address 4M drug users

MANILA-- "What would she recommend on how to address the drug problem with an estimate of 4 million people hooked on illegal drugs?"

This was the reaction of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on the statement of United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur Dr. Agnes Callamard that waging a war on drugs does not work.

In a statement, PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief and spokesman Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos on Friday said that "Then what is their better ways?... The ways of the PNP is to reach out to the drug offenders (users and pushers) and offer the avenue to change."

Carlos noted that the avenue to change is through "Project Tokhang" resulting in 1,266,966 surrenderers in a nation with about 4 million drug users.

In Project Tokhang (Knock/Request), the houses of suspected drug personalities are visited by the PNP and they are asked to turn back from their illegal activity, undergo rehabilitation or surrender to authorities.

The Philippine government, through the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), extend all possible help to allow these drug addicts to be treated and rehabilitated either by community-based wellness and rehab programs or treatment in drug rehabilitation facilities.

The PNP also expressed the hope that the UN special rapporteur would look into the government bodies which are implementing the government's policy on drugs.

"I hope they (UN) look at the ICAD (Inter-Agency Council Against Drugs) and the NADPA (National Anti-Drug Prevention Action) which will show what is the policy of the government," Carlos said.

Source: Philippines News Agency