TONTON ASTRO AWANI

PENGUNJUNG SETIA

21 Disember 2010

DRUG ADDICTS URGED TO GO TO REHAB

By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH
metro@thestar.com.my

TANGKAK: Families have been urged to send members of the family who were drug addicts to the drug rehabilitation centres to be treated and rehabilitated.

State Women, Family, Health and Community Development Committee chairman Dr Robia Kosai said the centres had the expertise and capabilities to treat drug addicts.

Speaking at the closing of the Bukit Gambir drug rehabilitation centre’s excellence week, she said it was important for all addicts to be treated.

“The Government has set 2015 for Malaysia to be a drug free nation and we urge all members of the community to participate.

“We want them to send any drug addict in their families to the rehabilitation centres,” she said.

Dr Robia said statistic showed Johor recorded some 1,633 addicts in 2009 and another 331 addicts up to March this year.

She also said the Anti-Drug Agency had introduced a special programme called Cure and Care 1Malaysia Clinic at selected centres in the country.

She said the centres, located in Sungai Besi, Bukit Mertajam, Tampoi, Kuching, Papar and Kota Baru, now provided treatment, counselling and advice not only to addicts, but their families and employers as well.

She said there was no one single approach that could be adopted to treat or solve problems faced by addicts and the centres had to adopt various concepts that suited an addict.

“We want families or drug addicts themselves to willingly come to the centres for treatment and there is no condition imposed upon them.

“All they need to do is to register at the centres and undergo certain evaluation process before being treated,” she added.

SOURCE: THE STAR, DECEMBER 21, 2010

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