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High shabu cost reduces number of drug-abuse cases

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (8 November) -- Drug enforcers noted a significant slump on drug abuse cases with the expensive supply of "shabu" these days.

"We attribute this to the closure of big drug laboratories in the region which, if not, stopped, could have destroyed many lives," said Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional director Glenn dela Torre.

During the Kapihan sa Kapitolyo Thursday, dela Torre bared the positive effects of lack of shabu supply that gets into the provinces in the region. This has led to the sudden price increase which also affected the buying power of the users.

He explained that users then resorted to marijuana, a cheaper alternative to "shabu".

The said statement was also confirmed by partner agency in drug enforcement, the Philippine National Police (PNP). Psupt Ronaldo Llanera agreed that most of the reported cases that reached their office are those related to marijuana use.

However, PDEA clarified that it does not stop them to further strengthen their efforts in apprehension, prevention, and drug control.

Provincial Drug Abuse Prevention Regulatory Board (PDARB) consultant Virgilio Boiser bared that an alarming number of high school and college students are into drug abuse.

"These are cases which do not reach the records of the PNP and PDEA but in reality, they do exist. This should not make us so complacent in our job," he said.

Boiser suggested that in conducting anti-drug rally or symposia to high school students, organizers must also include the parents of these kids as they are important people in influencing the lives of their children.

He added that the role of parents must be integrated in the efforts of all drug enforcement and rehabilitation bodies.

PDARB Davao del Norte joins in the anti-drug abuse, prevention and control week celebration.

The weeklong celebration includes series of anti-drug abuse rallies, burning of marijuana leaves, one-stop medical and psychological services, and poster making and essay writing contests. (PIA) [top]

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