Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Drug abuse cuts across social class, says PDEA chief

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Feb. 1 (PIA9) – Rich and poor people are all vulnerable to drug addiction.
This was how Director-General Jose Gutierrez Jr. of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) described the prevalence of drug abuse not only in this country but all over the world before a group of media practitioners here yesterday.
“In the past, most drug users usually came from affluent families, but nowadays people from all walks of life have become victims to drug abuse,” stressed Gutierrez.
While rich countries are tight in running after drug dealers and dismantling drug trade, poor countries like the Philippines are made transshipment centers as drug dealers put up their shabu laboratory plants in these places, the PDEA chief reported.
Drug dealers also find it easier to look for couriers in poor countries because of unemployment. “The poor, the unemployed and the less educated easily fall prey to these drug dealers,” stressed Gutierrez.
To protect ordinary people against unscrupulous drug dealers, Task Force Drug Courier (TFDC) has been organized with PDEA as chair and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as co-chair. The member-agencies include the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Education (DepED), Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID), Bureau of Customs (BoC), National Bureau of investigation (NBI), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Office of the President (OP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) through the Police Aviation Group (PAG).(PIA-ZN).



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