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Jakarta Post

Treatment, not jail, for drug users

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 20 2012   /  11:45 am

The government has decided to change strategy in its drug eradication campaign by no longer treating drug users as criminals and instead focusing on a stepped-up harm reduction program.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) said that it would be more consistent in applying Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics, which promotes and protects the basic rights of drug users, and would treat them as victims rather than criminals.

Junior Attorney General for Supervision Marwan Effendy said the law required drug addicts and drug users to be sent to rehabilitation centers for medical treatment instead of being sent to jail.

“This is different from Law No. 22/1997 on narcotics, which regarded drug addicts and users as criminals who should receive jail terms as punishment,” Marwan said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Marwan said that the policy shift was aimed at protecting the basi...