We in the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) oppose the current approach of criminalizing drug use, with its attendant programs that vilify drug users, violate human rights, and disregard legal and due process. Criminalizing drug users has been shown in other countries to be ineffective in solving the drug addiction problem.
We present the following evidence and inferences from psychological, clinical, and social science research:
Given these, we recommend the following in place of a criminalizing approach:
1.1. Amend Republic Act of the Philippines 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, to make it more consistent with a scientific and humane approach to dealing with drug abuse problems;
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