NINE drug surrenderers in Bacolod City, who were among those who recently completed the eight-week out-patient rehabilitation program, were found positive for use of illegal drugs.
The drug test was conducted by a team from City Health Office at the Bacolod Government Center MassKara Hall Wednesday morning, May 10.
Superintendent Levy Pangue, head of Investigation and Detection Management Unit and chief of Oplan Tokhang of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said that of the 105 identified for rehabilitation, only 91 underwent drug testing.
Nine were found positive and 82 were tested negative.
The result was submitted to the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac).
“Those who were found positive will undergo another drug testing as a confirmatory test,” Pangue said.
In February, hundreds of drug users voluntarily surrendered to 10 police stations and were turned over to the BCPO and Cadac for the drug rehabilitation.
Pangue said those who were tested negative will be declared “drug-free” and will attend the graduation rites this month.
“This is the first batch of the community-based drug rehabilitation program participants. The drug surrenderers were given time for religious activities, seminars, and medical assistance for their physical recovery,” he said.
Panque added that the drug surrenderers, who completed the drug rehabilitation program, will be turned over to their respective barangays and they will be given a job or livelihood assistance.
Some of the surrenderers failed to join the various rehabilitation activities because of “poverty,” and because they could not sustain the schedule.
Pangue said they had already screened more than 100 drug surrenderers from various police stations for the second and third batches of the rehabilitation program next month.
He reminded the drug surrenderers to be responsible and to encourage other drug users to voluntarily surrender and avail of the drug rehabilitation program.