PDEA, PNP vow sup­port to Lubao war vs drugs

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LUBAO— Po­lice and an­tidrug of­fi­cials on Wed­nes­day vowed sup­port to this mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s cam­paign against the pro­lif­er­a­tion of il­le­gal drugs.

Re­gional Di­rec­tor Joseph Ladip of the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) Cen­tral Lu­zon of­fice and Supt. Mon­ico Ca­day­ona, Lubao chief of po­lice, met with Mayor My­lyn Pineda-Cayabyab and other town and barangay of­fi­cials to dis­cuss plans in com­bat­ing the drug trade.

Ladip ap­prised mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials and lead­ers of Barangays San Jose Gumi, San An­to­nio, Sta. Tereza 1st, Sta. Rita and Sto. Cristo about the new trends in the il­le­gal drugs busi­ness.

Ladip said drug ped­dlers have “ex­panded” their mar­ket by of­fer­ing drugs, par­tic­u­larly metham­phetamine hy­drochlo­ride or shabu, at much cheaper re­tail prices.

The in­ten­si­fied gov­ern­ment cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs caused the street price of shabu to climb from P3,000 to P5,000 per gram.

To make the drug af­ford­able to many users even in re­mote barangays, push­ers are repack­ing the il­licit sub­stance to as low as P50 per pack— enough for a sin­gle ses­sion for a user.

In the Philip­pines, Ladip added, about 95 per­cent of drug users are shabu de­pen­dents. The other five per­cent are ei­ther hooked on co­caine, mar­i­juana or party drugs like Ec­stacy.

Pineda-Cayabyab said the five par­tic­i­pat­ing barangays are among the small­est vil­lages in town and they are the best can­di­dates to start with in stamp­ing out il­le­gal drugs in the whole mu­nic­i­pal­ity. (Press Re­lease)

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