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Jakarta Post

Drug rehabilitation centers under pressure

  • Anissa S. Febrina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 17 2009   /  10:58 am

Last chance saloon: Yakita Foundation is one rehabilitation center for drug users. Courtesy of Yakita Foundation During her bleak past – seven hard years as a drug addict – Dania (not her real name) tried all kinds of drugs. She also tried all types of rehabilitation centers.

“The one place I haven’t been to is prison,” said the 35-year-old, who confessed to having her well-off family bail her out to escape the authorities when she was arrested back in 2005. “There was some agreement and my parents told the officer that they would send me to rehab instead.” Now, addicts like Dania no longer have to make any such “agreement”, as the Supreme Court has advised judges to send convicted drug users to rehabilitation centers instead of prisons. In its memo, the Supreme Court proposed rehabilitation centers that could be appointed to help ...