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BBM and Sotto meet to talk about drug prevention and treatment.

MANILA – Outgoing Senate President Vicente Sotto III and President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. recently met to discuss the latter’s measures to reform drug addicts.

Sotto stated in a text message received Tuesday night that he delivered his “Drug Abuse Prevention and Correct Rehabilitation” program to a former Senate colleague on May 28 after he was invited to his office.

He said in a Viber message to the Philippine News Agency that he may assist Marcos in a “consultative” role.

“I think consultative would suffice. PBBM agrees with my idea to provide considerable support for drug abuse prevention and treatment “Sotto remarked.

According to Sotto, the program aims to prevent illegal drug abuse among vulnerable fifth to seventh graders through a resistance education program.

He also stated that there will be ongoing seminars, workshops, and conferences involving parents, teachers, the media, the Church, athletes, and the entire public.

He emphasized that a good drug rehabilitation program should contain a variety of approaches for each drug user, such as therapeutic, faith-based, and multidisciplinary activities, modeled after the 12-step program Minnesota addiction treatment in the United States.

The concept was first utilized in a state mental institution in the 1950s, according to the program’s website, and focuses on abstinence from illegal narcotics.

Each treatment program is tailored to the individual needs of the patient and to address specific addiction disorders.

Marcos promised to increase drug rehabilitation clinics in the provinces during the campaign and to go after big-time drug dealers.

Sotto is well renowned as the author of Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which he led from July 2008 until November 2009.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency was established by Republic Act 9165 as the primary agency for preventing, investigating, and countering hazardous narcotics and related unlawful activities.

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