Women, children in drugs alarming

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Women, children in drugs alarming

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Tokhang results showed an alarming statistics of women and children engaged in the illegal drugs trade, especially in the absence of a rehab center and a diversion program for juvenile delinquents.

The age range of Tokhang surrenderees crosses from 8 to 60.

The police force noted two self-confessed drug users in Jagna who are aged eight and 13 who yielded under Oplan Tokhang.

The recent arrests of a barangay tanod, relatives of barangay officials, and tokhang lists that include government employees and friends of lawyers have been revealing.

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On this, Tagbilaran Liga ng mga Barangay president Nicanor Besas of barangay Cogon warned drug pushers who remained in the trade despite amid the Oplan Tokhang that they just have the harsher means coming.

During the regular session of the Sanguniang Panlungsod last Friday, Besas noted that many might have yielded themselves, but many of them did not take their pledge seriously.

He said the situation might lead to the Duterte style of “clean-up” drive, noting on the score of illegal drugs in the barangays.

Besas noted though that the implementation of Oplan Tokhang had nevertheless reduced the crime volume in his barangay, which used to be topped  in theft and robbery incidents, and even drug personalities.

He continued to call on drug personalities to be sincere in what they had signed before the police, to stop their illegal activities for good.

This is to save them from possible harsher means under the Duterte administration that they might regret too late.

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The city police force, for its part, asserted that dealing with drug personalities still has to follow the due process to avoid violating anybody’s constitutional rights.

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In a recent police operation at Mangrove Suites in barangay Mansasa, two women were among those caught sniffing shabu.(see separate story)

In another police operation the resulted to the arrest of a DVD and VCD vendor, a minor was among those arrested.(see separate story)

Under Oplan Tokhang, some areas required surrenderees to undergo voluntary drug tests, each costs P300-P350.

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There had also been reports that some former drug users experienced withdrawal syndrome and needed long-term treatment and rehabilitation.

Since there is no rehabilitation center in Bohol, those who opted for treatment have to go to Cebu or Manila which only well-off families could afford.

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The rehabilitation in private centers usually takes three to six months at around P10,000 per month.

The level of the user’s addiction also has to be evaluated and those in severe addiction need to undergo detoxification of about a week.

According to health authorities, the budget could go over P60,000 to cover confinement fees, medical consultancy and medicines.

The worst effect would be on women who would later bear children.

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