ELEVEN drug users, who are mostly minors, were arrested during drug operations from January to August this year.
Six were apprehended with methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as “shabu,” while five were caught with marijuana, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) information officer Lawyer Joseph Calulut said. Most of them are 17 years old.
Calulut said PDEA is eyeing a 100-percent drug-free Cordillera.
However, just recently, they were able to apprehend a barangay official who is an alleged drug user.
“How can we have a drug-free Baguio when we have some barangay officials who are involved in drug trade?” Calulut added.
Calulut said PDEA is using a two-pronged approach in their fight against illegal drugs - supply reduction and demand reduction.
“When we talk about demand reduction approach, we need to educate the youth on the ill effects. That is why we go to the schools and lecture them on the dangerous drugs and hopefully, student organizations will come up with projects not only to congregate this students but also to give lectures on the ill effects of the dangerous drugs as well as what are prohibited under the law,” Calulut said.
Meanwhile, in Baguio City, Social Welfare and Development Office Community Based Program Division officer Coralie Dulnuan said there were 27 minors, aged 15 to 17, who surrendered from July 2016 to August 2017.
Majority of the surrenderees were marijuana users with 24 males and three females. After their surrender, they went through modular session of rehabilitation.
Common reasons these minors engage themselves in drugs is because of curiosity and a dysfunctional family. (Lauren Alimondo)